I am a procrastinator … I put off things that I need to do, I get busy doing ‘other things’, yet when I finally get round to the task it is usually quicker and less painful than I thought it might be – I might even enjoy it! Funny – one of the things I have been procrastinating about lately is this blog. I know I should write, I know I have words (hopefully helpful) to say but I struggle to get round to it. Yes I know I am busy with full time work and little bean yet I firmly believe that God wants me to speak out about the ordinary everyday ways of following Him. Yet I put it off ….
Even now as I write this I have checked my email and my Facebook. Perhaps I should have another cup of tea before I continue? (That was meant to be a joke but having thought it – it now seems like a good idea – between the last two sentences I really did fill the kettle & pop it on.) Why is it that even though we feel that God has called us to a particular task we procrastinate?
I wonder what would have happened if Gideon had of obeyed God quickly? But instead he asked God for sign after sign that He was really who He said He was and that He really wanted Gideon to obey Him. Gideon even asked God to hang on a minute….
Judges 6:17-18 Gideon replied, “If now I have found favour in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me. 18 Please do not go away until I come back and bring my offering and set it before you.” And the LORD said, “I will wait until you return.”
But God was patient with Him? Why? Because whether Gideon felt like it or not he was God’s man for this job. What has God called you to do? Have you been putting it off? Have you been distracted by other things? I know I have. Yet I am reminded again of how gracious God is. He says: I will wait until you return.
Paul advises us to throw of everything that hinders. Another way of reading this ‘stop getting caught up in procrastinating and whatever distracts you from the race and just run’.
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Lord, let me not keep You waiting for me to obey You. Let my yes be yes and my obedience be swift rather than postponed.
(and yes – a cup of tea was made and consumed halfway through this post)