All In Preparation…
Every season in life is preparation for the next. Even nature agrees; winter prepares for spring, spring readies for summer, summer anticipates fall, and fall gives birth to winter. There’s a natural order to everything. Consider even the crops – both fruits and vegetables endure a series of stages that lead to natural maturation.
Let’s look at the banana for example- it starts off as a bulb or rhizome, and requires a 9-12 month harvest period, before fully ripening. In the process, a flower appears on the plant around the 6th-7th month. Roughly two months later, bunches are formed, and in this 9th month, are often picked and prepared for shipment. (www.bananalink.org.uk)
The fruit are plucked prematurely, to ensure a timely arrival to our local farmers markets and grocery stores. If you’ve ever tried one of these fresh off the truck, unripened bananas, then you know there is definitely a difference in taste. This is why most individuals allow the potassium packed produce to “hangout,” and fully ripen before use. Like anything, they’re better once they reach their fully ripened stage. My experience has proven that the more speckled the banana, the sweeter the taste.
Our walk is one in the same. If we move ahead of schedule, we risk losing some of the sweetness that the journey has to offer. Just as fruit are best when ripe, so are we when fully prepared. There is a season and a time for everything. Of course we can still reap some success, but what all do we really sacrifice in our hastiness? Sure, if I’m famished, I can definitely use a green banana and still create a power shake. However, what key nutrients am I missing out on, as well as taste? Though still created, I’m left feeling like something is missing with each swallow. In life, we can do the same. We can be so set on accomplishing a particular goal, that we make the same mistake. What else could I have contributed, had I waited and stayed the course until I was fully ready? I once heard an author tell the story about how he felt led to “wait” on publishing one of his novels. In his eagerness, he decided to go to press anyway, only to have to go back and republish the book several years later, because of the additional information he acquired on the subject. Had he waited, he could’ve avoided the hassle, and poured his efforts in a different direction. He went on to state, “what an invaluable lesson” it was to him, on the “importance of preparation and timing.” It’s a simple concept, yet a difficult one in times of impatience.
Whatever season you find yourself in today, do not despise it. Instead, embrace it, glean from it what is needed, and prepare for the next. Plowing through can only lead to a “B” effort at best. Focus on being fully prepared so you, like the ripened banana can be sweet to the taste. Be strategic in your thinking, and allow your steps to be ordered for the best results.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: