A dozen or so pots of flowers are on my deck—waiting to be planted. And I am waiting—for stable weather.
These plants have already remained safe through one rain and wind storm. I am waiting until the next storm gets out of here tomorrow. But, now they say yet another one is coming later in the week. So just how long should I wait before I plant?
This morning I surveyed the flowers that had been planted weeks ago and I was amazed at how well they are flourishing. True, the morning after weathering the last storm, they looked pretty tough. Every bloom had been rain-pelted closed—or onto the ground. But although these plants looked terrible, their roots were continuing to sink into the soil, rich with nutrients. They had continued to grow in spite of the storm!
Today, it is evident that being planted early on was a better choice.
I am also tempted to wait for a perfect time before I begin a life change—as well. I think that maybe tomorrow would be better. Maybe I should stay safe just one more day. But days quickly turn into weeks. Before I realize it another year has passed. Then I’m older besides! And age could be yet another reason to continue to wait.
The other choice is to begin today and grow in spite of the storms. The time to start a new career, adjust our attitudes, or whatever the goal that we wish to flourish—could be now.
There may not be a better day to start. If your circumstances don’t change, what will you do then? Will you continue to stay safe or plant anyway?
Since harvest is our goal, then know that as we wait, harvest waits. The answer to our harvests may not be the weather, but where we choose to look. Set your eyes on the goal—never the storm. And plant anyway!
The Bible says that, “He who watches the wind will not sow and he who looks at the clouds will not reap” (Ecclesiastes 11:4 NASB).