Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Weather Eye

"He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap" (Ecclesiastes 11:4).

The philosopher enjoins wisdom: In view of life’s uncertainties and complexities, we should keep a weather eye.

But I rely too much on the weather, I think: I watch the wind and the clouds. I hesitate and procrastinate and lose opportunities to "sow." Like the farmer that waits for just the right conditions, I look for the perfect day. I allow a season to pass and sow nothing at all.

You never know about people; you can never tell what's going on in their souls. Some may be dwelling in darkness, longing for someone to lead them into the light. The Ethiopian Eunuch in his royal chariot enjoyed prestige, wealth and power, yet inwardly he was empty and searching, pondering Isaiah's promise of the Suffering Savior and trying to understand his words. Paul was breathing out threats and visiting violence on the Church. Who would have thought he was "kicking against a goad," reacting to God's gentle prodding.

So I think I should stop looking at the clouds and get on with it: speak a word here and there and scatter the seed in season and out. In the face of life's uncertainties, it’s the only way to go.

I have a friend that often leads people into salvation; he seems to know when they have ears to hear. I asked him once how he knew they were ready to follow Jesus. "It's easy," he replied. "I ask them."

You just never know...


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