Saturday, April 6, 2013

A Change of Seasons

Yesterday I was thinking of where my life is at the moment and I was reminded of a part of scripture. 

I'm not trying to convert you...although if you have questions I'd be more than happy to chat ;)

The scripture I was thinking of is from Ecclesiastes and (if you don't adhere to Judeo-Christian beliefs) also a song from the 60's made famous by The Byrds. It's a basic truth that sometimes bears repeating.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8  (NIV)

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.

Here's the song...

To me the scripture doesn't suggest that these times be without emotions, be easy or be without consequences, but they will inevitably occur and that we should be ready for them. That a season that might seem negative shouldn't be cause for our faith to be shaken or our belief in good things to dissolve or that a more positive season be cause for us to forget who/what got us through the negative season. 

Nowhere does it say that the season must be handled alone either. Others have inevitable gone through these seasons and we can take hope and comfort that they've made it through and even accept their help and advice on how best to traverse the seasons in our own lives.

The seasons Ecclesiastes mentions aren't all pleasant. Honestly, I'd really rather avoid war and death if at all possible, but they are a natural part of life and with the support of others who have been through their own seasons, determination and faith that "this too shall pass" we are to walk through them. 

Just some thoughts as I walk through some changing seasons in my own life. 

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