Appointed Time

There is an appointed time for everything.

And there is a time for every event under heaven—

 A time to give birth and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
 A time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
 A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
 A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.

A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
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.

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8

It’s a beautiful fall day as I write this. Fall in the Pacific Northwest brings lots of beautiful colors to the scenery. I love the changing seasons, seeing the colors of fall and the bittersweet reminder that winter is coming. I love the hibernating, regrouping sense of winter and the come alive again aspect of spring. Then comes summer. Who doesn’t love summer.

Seasons serve to remind me also that change happens. Sometimes that’s a good thing and sometimes, not so good. But we can count on change. Twice, just today, I heard people talking about how difficult change is for them. The good news of seasons is that they come and go. No matter how much I may love fall, it doesn’t stick around.

For me, right now, this is good news. This time of pain isn’t the permanent season of my life; it is a temporary one. One that came and one that will go. It certainly hasn’t been my favorite season of my life but it is so full of so many good things that pain can’t take from me. I am grateful for this season and the belief that it isn’t going to stay. A new season will come as surely as spring follows winter.

What about you? Are you going through a particularly difficult season right now?  Can I just encourage you to find the beauty of this season and rest in the knowledge that the God who created the seasons will keep you through this one?

Father, I do love the seasons. I love that You change my scenery and give me new things to marvel at while keeping the structure of my life rooted in You. You direct the seasons and the times for them to change and I thank You that You have a time for me to heal and a time for this season of pain to end. What a season of dancing and shouting and laughing that will usher in! I look forward to embracing that new season. Help me to find the beauty that is here in this season. I ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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