There’s an old joke about a farmer whose farm was failing to produce good crops. Then he looked up one day and saw the two letters “PC” in the clouds. Thinking this was a sign from God to “preach Christ,” he left his tractor and enrolled in seminary. But he struggled in his course work. Frustrated, he turned to his adviser and told him about the vision he’d had. Knowing his struggles, his adviser asked, “Son, did you ever stop to think that ‘PC’ might have meant ‘plant corn’?”
Sometimes, we make God out to be too spiritual. Yes, I really said that. Here’s what I mean. God is Spirit, but he is also truth. He cares as much about our physical, emotional, and mental being as he does our spiritual being. He is the God of all four. Only in Western civilization have we mastered the art of compartmentalizing what God has done.
God is not in the business of doing for us what he has already told us to do for ourselves. Sometimes, we cry out, “Why don’t you answer my prayer?” God is thinking, “Why don’t you answer your own prayer?”
The great intellect, O.S. Guinness, said it like this – “Calling is the truth that God calls us to himself so decisively that everything we are, everything we do, and everything we have is invested with a special devotion and dynamism lived out as a response to his summons and service.”
God is a practical God. Sometimes he tells us to preach Christ. Other times, he simply tells us to plant corn.