Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.
Seasons, oh seasons my dear sisters. I am not so sure about you ladies but I feel change very deeply. I know for myself that I can embrace change while at the same time attempting to disregard it. Change is unfamiliar and unpredictable yet beautiful and sacred all at the same time. Lets look together at these verses given by King Solomon in his old age as guidelines that we might glean a bit of wisdom of our own through.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1) This reminds me that my time and God’s do not always line up and the process of serving Him is in the trusting and waiting at times. What are you waiting on Him for? It could be a healing in your body, in your marriage or a shift in a job or calling.
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted (Ecclesiastes 3:2) This reminds me that God created us for such a time as this to plant seeds and with hopeful anticipation, be able to glean some of the harvest whether this is in respect to our marriages, with our children and/or in our respective ministries. Are we walking in the places and purposes God has for us daily?
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down; and a time to build up (Ecclesiastes 3:3) This verse leads me to think of the death of a dream we may have experienced or are currently experiencing and the manner in which we either bring our hurts and disappointments to our Heavenly Father or choose to ignore the healing that He desires for us.
A time to weep, and a time to mourn; and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to refrain from embracing (Ecclesiastes 3:4-5) This has been an all too familiar one for me throughout this past year as my adult children have been leaving and our family unit felt so very different. Although we go through expected seasons of loss and change, the fact that we mourn and that we grieve is essential. I have learned that when I have leaned into the pain, it has been there that Jesus has met me and even turned my hopelessness into praise and thanksgiving.
A time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep and a time to cast away; a time to tear and a time to sew; a time to keep silence and a time to speak (Ecclesiastes 3:6-7) In looking at these verses, we see perhaps how we have times of plenty, whether in finances or feeling a deep sense of fulfillment with how our lives are going. Then come the times where God wills losses to us and in that is our struggle of how to be content or at peace with Him as well as our circumstances.
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war; and a time for peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:7-8). In our ever-changing world, we know as His daughters that there will be war and evil of all sorts. We live among it every day but we can choose love although we may feel completely out of our element living in this time and on Earth. We know this is not our eternal home so we long for that but let us do our best to run the race while we are here. Let us do our best to love those entrusted to us, our spouses, our children, our ministry, and ourselves as we war through the many seasons of our lives. Let us learn how to do seasons well Lord and not be shaken by change(s) but take our joys and concerns about these things back to you. In Your Name, Amen