A time to plant ... and not dig up

I planted some bulbs earlier in the autumn, so now I’m looking forward to seeing the flowers in the spring.  How daft it would be if I were to spend the next few months digging up the bulbs to see how they are getting on!

Yet don’t I often do something similar in my walk with the Lord?  He leads me in a way which means some difficulty, some heartache, some confusion, some burden hard to bear.  I cannot see the way through but – wisely – cast my burden upon Him.  Then – unwisely – I let the ‘what-ifs’ run riot and, as it were, keep digging things up to see what is happening!

Leave God to order all thy ways,                 

And hope in Him whate’er betide;

Thou’lt find Him in the evil days

Thy all-sufficient strength and guide:

Who trusts in God’s unchanging love

Builds on the rock that nought can move.


Only thy restless heart keep still,

And wait in cheerful hope, content

To take whate’er His gracious will,

His all-discerning love, hath sent;

Nor doubt our inmost wants are known

To Him who chose us for His own.

 Georg Neumark


Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22

But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold. Job 23:10