Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest. -Ecclesiastes 11:4 NLT
When I think about what if means to be successful the words apathy, excuse, rationalization and procrastination never come to mind. Success in life is never about perfect weather - in fact the most successful people are ones who seemed have overcome great obstacles. The words that I associate with such people are the opposite of the ones I previously mentioned. Words like integrity, passion and perseverance are the hallmarks of success.
Yet we often forget how our walk of faith is challenged by bad weather. I wonder how much I would actually pray and seek the Lord if I did not face challenges. Perhaps that is why God speaks to us in the scriptures of bringing beauty from ashes and working all things together for our good? Maybe some of us will get real with God only when we are covered in ashes? It may be the reason we are called to give thanks in all things.
You are with us in the storms and in the ashes dear Lord. In that we rejoice and give thanks!