Tuesday, July 27, 2010

There is a Season

1 To everything there is a season,

A time for every purpose under heaven:
2 A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
3 A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;
4 A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;
7 A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;
8 A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace.

(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, New King James Version)

There is a Season

Made popular by the Byrds in the 60's, this is perhaps one of the most well known portions of Scripture. The lyrics to, "Turn, Turn, Turn" begin like this.

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep

To Everything (Turn, Turn, Turn)
There is a season (Turn, Turn, Turn)
And a time to every purpose, under Heaven

(More lyrics: http://www.lyricsfreak.com/b/byrds/#share)

It is obvious that though this was written thousands of years ago, its message is just as appropriate in our day as it was in Solomon's day.

What is the bigger message in these verses? I do not know about you, but patience is not a trait that comes naturally to me. If I am having a day of great pain, I cannot hardly remember a day when I did not have pain. Yet, if I am having a day without pain, I can hardly remember days with pain. Solomon encourages us to look beyond the circumstances of this day, realizing that there will be better days to come.

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:

I think Solomon understands the balance God grants us in life. When life is not going so well, we tend to blame God. Why could He not have prevented this? The comfort to us is that, even in the bad times, we are safe in the hands of God. He is molding us and making us more like Him, until we reach the point where time for us will be no more.

What is the balance we should understand while on this earth? If we are going through bad times, we must understand that good times will come again. If we are in good times, we should be wise and sober, knowing that things may not stay like this.

Where is the joy in that? That seems rather depressing! The joy, as always, remains in Christ. True joy in this life does not come from the good times or the great things we have or can do. True joy is a gift of God!

I pray you will have a joy filled day!

God Bless You,
Linda

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