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Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest. Ecclesiastes 11:4

If you’ve ever glanced at the annual edition of Farmers’ Almanac (not to be confused with Old Farmers’ Almanac, which also predicts weather), then you know how specific it gets regarding a prospective planting schedule.

Based on predicted weather patterns, the almanac lists what it believes will be the best days for planting fall potatoes, turnips, onions, carrots, beets, leafy vegetables, peas, squash, corn, beans, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, cantaloupes, and more. It also lists days it foresees as barren-days that are best left for killing plant pests or doing chores around the farm.

But do farmers actually use these almanacs to determine their planting schedule? A 2016 Country Living article about the topic cites a study that says “just 18 percent of farmers use a farmer’s almanac when planning their crops.” Apparently, many farmers believe the truth of today’s verse. If they wait for perfect weather, they’ll never plant.

In the next two verses (vv. 5-6), Solomon says a person can’t understand the activity of God, and that it’s best to “plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another—or maybe both.”

The Christian life is one of diligence. It leaves no room for procrastination. What do you need to plant today?
 
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