know when and how

Whoever obeys a command will meet no harm, and the wise mind will know the time and way. For every matter has its time and way, although the troubles of mortals lie heavy upon them.

Ecclesiastes 8:5-6

Often life presses us with both tasks and tacks that we either know or feel like we need to take care of pronto. We feel urgency over this or that for whatever reason. But we often also know, though it may be in the back of our minds, and so easily ignored or forgotten, that we might be better off to wait so that we can address the problem better. Maybe by asking more questions, or being ready if an opportune time presents itself. Of course it all depends on the specifics. While we don’t want to be flat footed, neither do we want to jump into something that’s ends up being ill-advised. “Haste makes waste.” We’re best off to proceed with and err on the side of caution. That said, there is a proper time and way of addressing a situation, even if for us it ends up being more prayer and listening than anything else.

There’s really no end to matters we might think we would like to take up. That in itself calls for wisdom as well, since we can’t get involved in everything. We often spread ourselves too thin, or we enter into frays which we should either not get into, or not at present. Perhaps with the proper understanding over time we might contribute something worthwhile and helpful, but we best hold off, step back, keep looking and considering while in prayer.

Something I’m working on, and I think I’ve improved.

In and through Jesus.