An Alaskan farmer needed to build a fence and wanted the job done quickly. Each day, as the thawing of the ground permitted, he choped away at the frozen land to dig his post holes. He kept steadily at it, each day digging just a little deeper through the hard frozen earth. Finally, after a long spring, and with great frustration and many sore muscles, he finished digging the last hole.
That same day, his neighbor, having waited till the ground was ready, also put up his new fence posts, all of them in one day, the same day the first farmer finished his.
Sometimes we’re like that first farmer. We’re so eager to get going on a project we don’t wait on God’s timing. One example might be child training. We want to see our five year old succeed so badly we’ll spend days teaching them something they could grasp in a few minutes as an eight year old. God said “To every thing there is a season”. Being careful to wait on God’s timing is an important part of redeeming the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.