“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven…
A time to plant and a time to harvest…
A time to embrace and a time to turn away…
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1,2,5,7)
There’s a time for everything, but sometimes it’s hard to know. What is it time for now? What is God saying? How is he leading?
I remember a time several years ago when I was facing a decision where there seemed to be no clear answer. For months I had pondered the pros and cons, I had prayed, I had sought advice from others… and I was still uncertain.
Eventually I had a conversation I’ll never forget with a wiser, older Christian. She listened as I explained my dilemma, and my reasons for and against taking action, as I expressed the confusion which only seemed to deepen the more I tried to find a way forward. And then she summed it all up in one simple sentence:
“I think you’re incapable of being passive.”
As soon as she said it, I knew she was right. When the worries about the practicalities or other people’s opinions were removed, what remained was a sense of God’s calling that I couldn’t ignore. I was still uncertain – worried that I was mistaken, that I had misheard God – but I had prayed and pondered for long enough.
It was time for action.
Nehemiah experienced a similar stirring and the call of God to take action. It didn’t mean it was simple or straightforward, but God used his faithful obedience. I’m delighted to be sharing at Gracefully Truthful about Nehemiah’s story, as well as a more recent “incapable of being passive” experience of my own.