September 15, 2020 - LISTEN HEREEcclesiastes 3:1
Most of us know this verse and the long list ‘seasons’ in subsequent verses. Ecclesiastes 3 was popularized by rock band, The Byrds, in 1965. The lyrics are taken almost verbatim from the King James version of book of Ecclesiastes, although the sequence of the words was rearranged somewhat for the song.
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;a time to plant, and a time to harvest;a time to kill, and a time to heal;a time to break 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 away stones, and a time to gather stones together;a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;a time to seek, and a time to lose;a time to keep, and a time to throw away;a time to tear, and a time to sew;a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;a time to love, and a time to hate;a time for war, and a time for peace.”
This list represents nearly all the important perspectives in our lives. Some are happy, some are sad; some are building, some are taking away; some are harsh, some imply rest.
No matter which side of the pendulum you are on right now, almost every pro/con, every ebb and flow of life is necessary to participate in Earth School. Whether we succeed or fail, our experiences are how we learn, grow, and evolve.
We all prefer life to run smoothly, with as little disruption as possible. We complain about being bored, but the truth is, most of us like our boring routine. We don’t like surprises that upend our well-established boundaries and borders. Routine makes us feel safe.
The current circumstances have turned every element of life upside down. We’ve had many changes come at us out of the blue and in rapid succession. We haven’t had time to adapt. We find our activities and our mental functions are frozen, like deer in the headlights. The easiest, safest thing to do is to comply with the New Rules, even when we know they are wrong.
What if we respond to this storm from a perspective of, “this too shall pass”? What if we are experiencing this “season” in our life for a purpose? With God's presence within our hearts, we can navigate the situation with peace, and without fear, knowing He is in control.
Sometimes the only way we know how far we have come is when we emerge even stronger, wiser, and freer...many years down the road.
Dear Lord, we come to You today knowing that every situation, every circumstance, every activity has a purpose in the Plan of our life when we put our trust in You. We were never assured it would be easy, but we were promised You would be with us, every step of the way. Our part is learning to trust. Life’s lessons are how we grow personally as a human and grow spiritually as a child of God.