Shared June 14th, 2014
Look at what I read in Ecclesiastes 11:4, 6: 4 He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap. 5 As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all. 6 In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.
Now, let me put it another way, in today’s English: “If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done. Keep on sowing your seed, for you never know which will grow—perhaps it all will“. I love it! Don’t you? I do!
In Begin It Now, Susan Hayward wrote the following about, and in relation to Thomas Edison: “Two dejected assistants of Thomas Edison said, ‘We’ve just completed our 700th experiment and we still don’t have the answer. We have failed.’
What were these assistants referring to? They were talking about Thomas Edison’s numerous efforts and attempts to invent the electric light bulb. But undaunted, Edison replied “‘No, my friends, you haven’t failed; ‘it’s just that we know more about this subject than anyone else alive. And we’re closer to finding the answer because now we know 700 things not to do. Don’t call it a mistake. Call it an education.'”1Can you imagine working for this guy?
Assistants: “Sir, we did it exactly like you said but we only got smoke; there is no way this can be done; you are asking us to do the impossible!”
Edison: “You got smoke? Well then let us have that instrument ready so that when the smoke comes, we will trap the flicker and capture the flame because where there is smoke, there is fire!”
Assistants: “But sir, it won’t work. We’ve tried it all and besides, we are tired.”
Edison: “Please give it one more try, alright?”
Assistants (to each other): “That’s what he said the last time. ‘Give it one more try!’ What are we doing wasting our time with this guy? I’m out of here. 200 times?”
Another assistant: “200 times? It is 599th time for me; you guys just got here.”
Some other assistant: “It is the 700th for me. This is going to be my last try and I will be gone.
Assistants to assistant: “500 times? And you are still here? Are you okay up there? Well, we are not sticking around that long. Esta la vista!”
But all I can say about Edison is “Wow! What a spirit! What positivity! Call it an education?” You may or may be not aware of the raging debate as to the exact number of times Edison failed and retried. If you were in Edison’s shoes, you may have given up after just a few tries. You may have given up because of how people may ridicule you, like they did old Noah when, at God’s command, he started building a boat far atop a mountain in a place where rain had never been seen heard of, or felt. You may have given up because it was just your family doing the work. You would have given up because no one trusted you and they may have called you all kinds of names. Edison reminds me of Noah. He was very focused, dedicated and persistent in his search for what he was looking for. What passion!
Well, just as in the case of Noah, his dedication and determination paid off, so it was with Edison. How do I know? Because today we have electric lights of all kinds: flood lights, flashlights, night lights, night vision goggles; vehicle (car, bike, sea vessels, airplanes, etc) lights, laser pointers, and even these days, we have LED lights; light coming from the electric bulb because eventually, Edison succeeded in perfecting the electric light bulb.
Let us pick this up in Part 2. But before we end, I want to say that Edison’s effort was about light that brightens our paths. But Jesus is offering Himself, the Light of the World. You need that Light. And just like Edison persisted, I encourage you to persist in your walk with the Lord, if you are already a believer and have given your life to Him.
Proposed prayer: “Dear Father, You are the Light of lights and I ask you to lighten any brighten my path. Like Edison, please help me to be tenacious and not to give up in my quest to be like You. Thank You for always hearing and answering my prayers and thank You for answering this prayer, in Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Dear reader, I ask the Lord’s blessing on you this week.