There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
My version might sound a little different:
There is not enough time in the day and too much to do. There's a time to clean and time to be sloppy.
There is a time to be thin and a time to be plump.
There is a time to be taut and time to be flabby.
A time for obedient children and a time for sass.
A time for savings and a time for debt.
A time to adore and a time for indifference.
A time for enthusiasm and a time for meh.
We find ourselves in seasons and often we find ourselves longing for a change. As soon as we flip we are ready to flop. Some seasons feel longer than others. Some seasons feel way too short. Here in Virginia, we only get a few days of REAL spring weather. We seem to dive head first into hot, humid summer days. So when the warm, gentle spring breezes grace us we run outside to play and turn our faces to the sky wishing it would last forever. A couple of days later, we hide from the sun and praise Jesus for air conditioning.
God speaks of seasons all throughout the Bible. He points out rainy seasons and dry seasons. Seasons of work and harvest and periods of rest. Timing is everything to God. Time has a purpose and is not to be dreaded. Even when we are within God's will there will be arid times, times of need and times of turmoil. It's the ebb and flow of life. So why do we fight it so much?
I think deep down, every human being longs for something that will last forever. We want financial security forever, health forever, good relationships...forever. If you continue reading in Ecclesiastes 3, you will read that God has "set eternity in man's heart". We were designed to long for the eternal. But so often, we place eternal emphasis in the wrong places. When we finally realize that the grass withers and the flowers fall we learn to seek the eternal in Jesus Christ - the only promised eternal security.
Even though I am a believer in Jesus and His word, I find myself struggling with earthly seasons and the peace of heavenly eternity. I can be distracted and discouraged by my present troubles and not remember the safety, security and peace of heaven that awaits. Sometimes life here feels like eternal winter.
It's starting to sound and smell like spring where I live. Birds are singing a little more each morning and there's a fresh smell in the air. The daylight is starting to lengthen and I'm starting to wake up a little from hibernation. I'm sure we are still in for some cold weather but the harshness of winter seems to have subsided. What a relief!
Today I'm reminded that few minutes in God's hope filled word each day can be like a day lazing in the warm sun. Peace, restoration, consistency and eternity await there until we one day meet with Him.