There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: 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 (New International Version)
As summer draws to a close, things start to change around us. The crisp coolness in the morning gives reason to scoot over and make way for colder days. Almost instinctively we set the wheels in motion, preparing for what’s to come. As painful as it is, it’s a reality we have to face – the days will get shorter, the nights will get longer and some will experience colder days. Seasons change. That’s what they do. Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall all have their place in time and when it’s time to move on, move on they must.
A wise farmer must have a good handle on what’s coming next otherwise he may end up with disappointment. Do you know what season you’re in? Are you trying to set down roots at a time you should be moving on? Are you wasting your time and talent and energy searching for the impossible when it’s time to give up and walk away?
God in His divine wisdom sets things in their order. He gives us cues so we know what’s coming next. When it gets cold, birds start getting ready to head to warmer places to avoid the unpleasantness of winter. Why do we remain in uncomfortable, unhealthy situations when He has given us His Word so we avoid pitfalls? Why do we constantly ignore His pointers?
The nature of things are the way they are for a reason. Timing is everything. We can easily read the natural signs and prepare for the seasons. If we master the art of following His steps that easily, we could be so much closer to living in His will.
Father, we don’t always get it. We don’t always know where You’re trying to lead us and so we may not go willingly or at all. We realize you have set guidelines for us to follow – please help us to follow them even when we can’t see what’s around the bend. Your way is the way. You set things in the order You do for a reason. The flow is better when we follow Your lead. Help us to pick up on the hints You give and to be aware of where You’re trying to lead us. We know we cannot make it on our own. We trust You to direct us. Amen
Toni R (c)