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"Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest." Ecclesiastes 11:4 NLT

I grew up in the heart of farming country, and weather was all the farmers seemed to talk about. Weather is still the most common topic for my dad, brother and nephews. According to them, it is rare to find a perfect day to plant or harvest. Sometimes you just have to do it and hope for the best!

“God doesn’t need us to be perfect or our timing to be just right, that is His specialty. He has perfection down. He just needs us to be willing to go, to do, no matter what the conditions are, no matter how imperfect the timing.”

The same goes for us and our opportunities. It isn't often that the timing is just right for the opportunities God sends our way. Yet how many things have we missed out on because we thought the timing wasn't right, the conditions weren't as perfect as we wanted, or we were sure the next opportunity would be better?

I can't tell you how many times I have heard someone say, "I will do it when things slow down," "I will do it when I have more time," or "I don't have everything I need to get started."

Too often we meet God's opportunities with excuses. Here are a few truths regarding these excuses:

• life rarely slows down and it seems to keep getting busier,

• we never have more time because something will always come up,

• seldom do we have everything we need when we first start something.

As the above verse says, those who wait for the perfect time will never get anything done. Opportunities will slip by one after another because they aren't quite what we expect them to be or the timing just isn't right. None of us are perfect nor do we lead lives where the timing is always spot on, yet God seems to use us for His glory on a daily basis.

God doesn't need us to be perfect or our timing to be just right, that is His specialty. He has perfection down. He just needs us to be willing to go, to do, no matter what the conditions are, no matter how imperfect the timing. We have to trust that even though things don't appear lined up for success, God knows what He is doing and His plan is perfect. When the opportunity is in front of us, we need to plant no matter what the weather. If I waited for the right words or the perfectly planned out devotional, I would never write. I would miss out on the wonderful opportunity God has given me to plant.

Is there something you are holding back on or not doing because the conditions just aren't quite what you think they should be? Are you hesitating to follow the Holy Spirit's prompting because the timing isn't good for you? Remember, if God tells you to plant in the rain you plant, you just may have to change how you plant. Your idea of perfection or perfect timing isn't a prerequisite for serving God, but being willing at all times and in all circumstances is!

--JODI HENDRICKS IS A LONG-TIME MEMBER OF FARMINGTON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. SHE TEACHES ADULT AND YOUTH BIBLE CLASSES. THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE THOSE OF THE AUTHOR.

Religion on 09/11/2019

Print Headline: Don't Miss Opportunities While Waiting For The Right Timing

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