After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”—Acts 1:9-11
A preacher stopped by the farm of one of his church members and found the farmer sitting in a chair on the porch drinking some iced tea.
In an attempt to break the silence the preacher inquired, “Did you plant any cotton this year?”
“No. I was ‘fraid of the Bo weevil,” the farmer answered.
Curious, the preacher asked, “Well, did you plant any wheat?”
“No. I was ‘fraid of the drought.”
“Then you probably planted potatoes. Did you plant any potatoes this year?”
“No,” the farmer explained, “I was ‘fraid of the tater bugs.”
“Well, what did you plant?”
To which the farmer replied, “I didn’t plant anything this year . . . I’m playing it safe.”
Are we playing it safe?
Are we standing still when we should be leading?
Are we silent when we should be speaking?
Are we being ambiguous about the reason we have for the hope that is within us, or are we being bold?
We can’t play it safe. Like the Disciples, we can’t stand in a circle looking to the heavens waiting joyfully for Jesus’ return. No! We have a mission to fulfill, a harvest to bring in, and work to do.
This is a defining moment, so put down the tea, get off the porch, plant something, and let’s see what faith feels like!