Sunday, October 23, 2016
A Season and Time for Everything
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
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,
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, and a time for war and a time for peace.”
(Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8)
In this passage, the Teacher is saying that there is a time for everything and a season for everything. Though some of his examples may seem to contradict our faith and be considered evil actions; taking everything into consideration, there may come a time to kill when defending your country in a time of war. There may also be a time to mourn, and a time to dance, but you wouldn’t want to dance at a funeral. For everything there is a season, and with every season it too shall pass.
So when you are in the season of turmoil, hold on tight and be strong, because a new season is coming and that season will be good! You may be suffering right now, but you will get better. You may be grieving now, but joy will come again and so will laughter. Don’t hold on to yesterday, because tomorrow is a new day; a day to move forward and put the past behind you one day at a time. The memories of those bad seasons will never go away, but the lessons learned and the strength you will have gained will allow you to endure the next season a little easier knowing that it will not last!