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 pluck up what is planted; 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 cast 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 cast 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.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (ESV)
This passage has been on my mind recently, as I have become keenly aware of time marching on. In the past week I have seen my youngest get married, been to the funeral of a beloved aunt and a niece’s graduation from high school. All of these significant events have made me realize that time is such a fleeting thing for us. But, as fleeting as it is it is filled with so many moments of Joy and pain.
Solomon summed up the existence of man so well in this passage. There is a time for everything to occur in our lifetime. As one reads down through this passage relating to the words comes quite easily, especially if one has lived much time on this earth. As we go through life we do experience all the seasons that Solomon lists.
As we pass through these seasons of life we need to embrace them as they shape us and mold us into the people that God wants us to be. As we pass from one season to the next we must realize that our Lord has experienced these seasons as well, and know that he understands how they affect us.
I think the thing that we need to notice is the last season or time in this list is a time for peace. In all of the things we experience in life there is always a time for peace. Even in the midst of some the most difficult seasons of life we can find peace because of Jesus. As Jesus said; “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27 (ESV) In him we can find peace even when the world around us rages.
So today as we are going through whatever particular season let’s face it and embrace it, learn from it and grow because of it. Let’s be at peace knowing that in Christ we are more than conquerors.
© 2014 Leo J. Woodman