Today, as I prepared my morning tea, I was welcomed with a familiar sound. It was the distinctive sound of what is commonly known to this region as virtuoso katydids. My southern raised mother explained to me from a youngster that katydids rub their forewings (front wings) together to “sing” to each other. It marks their breeding season. The somewhat melodic shrill last just a few seconds but for me always signals the ending of summer and the coming of the early fall.
It is clear that the season of fall is fast approaching. Once again, nature will return to its sleep for rejuvenation. The trees will shed their leaves to begin a new cycle. The season of fall signals a time to reflect over a year that is soon to end. What goals have you accomplished? What have you started and remains undone? The longer you take, the longer the wait. You tell the Lord I’ll do this or that today. Then today never comes. It may not seem like rebelling but it is. To rebel (verb) comes from the Hebrew word “marah” whose primary meaning is to “disobey” or “stubborn headed”. The spirit of rebellion breeds procrastination that stems from fear.
“For God did not give us the spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear) but (he has given us a spirit) of power and love and a calm and well balanced mind and discipline and self control” II Timothy 1:7 AMP. But thank God for His grace, for in Isaiah 30:18 ” the Lord will wait that he may gracious to you; and therefore He will be exalted that he may have mercy on you”. But how much longer will God wait? The answer can be found by prayer, meditating on God’s Word, fasting and listening for instructions from the Lord. God has given us His Spirit who will lead and guide us into all truth. When God tells you to move, just do it!!! Do not go through the paralysis of analysis. Step out on faith. Most if not all faith walks begin in darkness.
In the book, “The Gospel of Good Success” by Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, he correlates the faith walk to driving in a fog. You can see just five or eight feet at a time. But the farther you go, the farther you can see. If you just stay in the same spot waiting for the fog to lift, you’ll still be in the same spot come morning. But if you drive five feet at a time, you’ll eventually reach your destination. As we move from season to season, the following quote from poet Patrick Overton is good to remember:
When we walk to the edge of all the light we have, And take that step into darkness of the unknown, We must believe that one of two things will happen, There will be something solid for us to stand on or God will teach us how to fly *
*Original text:” Or we are taught to fly”