I’ve been reading the book of Ecclesiastes, which you can find in the Old Testament of the Bible, and today I wanted to share just one verse because I think someone may need this encouragement. The book of Ecclesiastes is traditionally said to have been written by King Solomon whom the Bible records as being one of the wisest men on earth, and certainly when I read the text I always come away with the feeling that I have just encountered something very profound indeed. You know…the kind of book that even attempting to read it makes you feel a bit wiser for having even opened it and that causes you to want to nod your head in some sagely manner, even though you haven’t a blind notion what most of it meant the first time your read it…or the second…or the third…or…well, you know what I mean…that kind of book. It’s cool.
Anyway…I digress. Here’s the verse I wanted to share:
“He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.”
It’s an interesting verse, because here’s what I feel the author is saying: people who spend all their time trying to anticipate the future, get so paralysed by what they think will happen, that they never end up actually doing anything.
We’re in the process of booking holiday insurance and let me tell you, there’s nothing quite like trying to get that stuff sorted out to put you off going any where! Very quickly you come to the conclusion that travelling is a risk and in the process of filling in these increasingly in depth forms, so many “What if…” questions begin to crowd in on you, clamouring for attention and to be honest, if I was to listen to all of these voices of doom in my head, I wouldn’t actually get to go on holiday and enjoy all the fun and excitement that I could potentially have there!
So it all inevitably comes down to a choice…will I keep on watching the clouds until I think everything is perfect before I hang my metaphorical (or indeed literal) washing out, or will I take the risk and just go for it? Who dares wins after all.
So here’s my wee thought for a Friday…
Don’t spend so much time trying to anticipate all of the possible outcomes that you never get round to taking a step of faith and actually just having a go.