Do you ever stop and ponder on the season of life you’re currently in and its meaning? Do you stop and think about what you’re learning, how you’re growing, what’s being taken away, what’s being given?
“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,
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.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NIV)
After reading this, what’s something that resonated with you and could possibly apply to the season of life you’re in currently? Ecclesiastes is known to be written by a “teacher” who has served as a king over Israel. In chapter 3, the teacher uses the above passage to explain that there’s a time and season for everything, and if we read a little further in Ecclesiastes, verse 11 reminds us that God has made everything beautiful in its time. How does this make you feel hearing this? Personally, it gives me hope and something to look forward to, especially when I’m in seasons of life that are more taxing and draining than other seasons. God desires to be present with us through all seasons of life, and He wants to walk with us to the beautiful ending each time.
For instance, think about the seasons of the year. Have you heard the saying, “April showers bring May flowers?” Think about fall and the way the leaves change colors and fall from the trees. The rain may seem dreadful as we’re experiencing it, and the leaves and bare trees aren’t always appealing to the eye. However, we know these events are important in order to prepare us for the springtime. In the same way these events reveal their importance at the end, we tend to see the importance of each season of our lives once we’ve reached the end of it. As we go through different seasons, we can find hope in knowing that the end will be beautiful, and we can find even more hope in the fact that at the end of our lives here on earth, we’re promised a new heaven and a new earth with God, our Father, where there will be no more pain and sorrow (Revelation 21).
Let’s examine the season of life we’re in currently, and choose to invite God into this season with us. Remember, He wants to be present with us here, and He wants to walk with us to the beautiful ending that’s up ahead. No matter how many seasons we go through, let’s hold on to the hope that all things will be made beautiful in its time.