I hate packing… It does not matter how excited I am for a trip, the thought of packing is daunting and the fear of forgetting something important is the thing of nightmares for me! I struggle with having to plan out the future of what I would need to have and to wear! So, how do I deal with packing? I don’t deal with it well. So I put it off, in which then I’m scrambling to pack last minute, when I’m absolutely forced to, and the chances of forgetting something exponentiates and robs me of taking in the excitement of even going on the trip.
The hand of the diligent will rule,
while the slothful will be put to forced labor.
Proverbs 12:24 (ESV)
Why do we procrastinate on the hard things, that make it worse when we actually have to face the facts? We all do it, whether it’s packing, or dealing with a sore tooth to avoid the dreaded dentist, or ignoring a tough conversation we need to have with a friend or loved one… I think human nature is to avoid painful things, but are we truly avoiding it when we know it needs to be done? God wants us to be diligent with all actions, big or small and not be slothful, as when we get to the point we need to do it, it becomes forced labor.
He who observes the wind will not sow,
and he who regards the clouds will not reap.
Ecclesiastes 11:4 (ESV)
This verse in Ecclesiastes refers to sitting around and waiting for the most opportune moment to do what is needed. But if you wait, that time may very well pass you by, and can be very painful if it does. Especially when it comes to having those hard conversations or mending relationships by asking for or granting forgiveness. Packing is a piece of cake compared to those! But letting those feelings steep because we don’t want to face what God wants us to mend can hurt us and the ones we love worse than the actual action of just doing it and getting it over with. We may miss that moment altogether, and even if you don’t miss it, how much time have you lost in the waiting???
Shepherdess, I encourage you to get packing! The most opportune time is right now. Don’t procrastinate on the things that must be done today, whether it’s a physical job, or relationship mending, especially with those in your flock. Just get’er done and reap the joy and peace once it is complete!