“When the wind blows down a tree, it lies where it falls. Don’t sit there watching the wind. Do your own work. Don’t stare at the clouds. Get on with your life.” (Ecclesiastes 11: 3-4, the Message Bible)
Okay! This is one of those wake-up calls we often need. It seems like we can get into that waiting room mentality, where we either simply hope things will get better for us or we just resign ourselves to it being what it is, even if that isn’t the best.
We can take initiative. With God. We can stop looking back at what went before and ruminating over it, keeping it close and letting it essentially paralyze us. We can move forward. We can stop waiting for other people to change or for time to be the healer of all ills. Instead, we can yield to Life, to God, Who is ready for us to progress, to live, to experience His goodness and to know our own ability to thrive.
We have to do our own work. And this doesn’t mean toil, but it does mean commitment, resolve, a conscious choice to take the first step, to leave the dead tree where it was and plant something new or to find fresh blooms already springing up just a few paces ahead.
Let’s break the mesmerism of stagnant living with the refreshing splash of God’s living water, His open invitation into something better, bigger, a work and a life that is fruitful and satisfying and ready for us to begin!
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