Learning to Plant In Spite of Stormy Weather

photo by h.koppdelaney
“Those who wait for perfect weather will never plant seeds;
those who look at every cloud will never harvest crops.”
— Ecclesiastes 11:4

I love the wisdom in this verse–and its call to step out in faith. Just because things aren’t perfect, doesn’t mean we should not act. God may not open that door for us now, but by the time we get right up to it, if it’s His will, we must have faith that he will.

This verse speaks volumes to me, time and time again, season after season. The first time I read it and journaled about it was just as I was starting my new life in Grand Rapids, a time when my world was feeling both exciting but also ever so topsy-turvy. So this revelation, not to let worries or “not-so-great circumstances” hold me back from sowing and trust God for the reaping, was so of-the-moment. It was also early into my relationship with Michael, and we’d been doing the long-distance thing for over a month. In so many ways I looked at my life and the encumbrances that seemed to loom all around me and this verse caused me to whisper over and over again: “Keep sowing. Keep trusting. Persevere.”

And here I am, more than a year later. Though this verse takes on different meanings now (including a job and what our future will look like, locale-wise, children-wise, etc.), the point of it never seems to grow old for me. I still don’t know what the future holds, and I’m trying to learn to let go of that desire. I went for a walk today and that was the thought pervading me: “I don’t care what happens next. I don’t want to rush God with this. I’m OK with whatever he’s got up his sleeve.” Because I know Him, and I know that whatever he’s having me wait for is totally going to be worth it. There is going to be a harvest!


  1. Oh, I love this. Thank you for the encouragement! What a perfect verse for my season too!

  2. I can not tell you how much I needed to hear that verse today! I'm going to work on memorizing it and putting into my email scripture memory group! Thank you, your blog is always such a blessing to me!

  3. Aw, thanks for the comments, ladies! I appreciate that...sometimes I wonder if anyone else cares about these kinds of things, too. So those were a total encouragement to me :)

  4. Great post, Carmen! :) I've been thinking a lot about His will and timing lately and the importance of stepping out in faith and then letting Him take control. I'll be writing that verse in my own journal for further reflection.


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