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.
This scripture is brought up a lot, mostly in not so happy times. Some associate this passage of scripture strictly with negativity and death, but I have always found that a bit odd since the author, Solomon, made a point to juxtapose the negative with overwhelming positives. This passage isn’t about death, overwhelmingly it is about life and hope and seasons and change.
Let me reiterate God does not know what standard human time is. God created seasons – seasons of sun rise and sunset, seasons of planting and of harvest, seasons of birth and seasons of death. God doesn’t have bounds of time like we do. So what is the author saying? Simply put he is saying God has ordained things, set things in motion, to change and to turn and what matters is how we deal with those changes set in motion by the Father. Seasons change but the love and provision and the faithfulness of the Father abides all the stronger.
Don’t get discouraged in the seasons of breaking down, weeping, morning, losing, casting away, or tearing because God is faithful and he is still on the throne. He knows your rising and you can bet your very last cent he knows what is coming around the corner. Trust in him. …Trust in him alone.
Don’t loose sight or perspective in the times of joy, sewing, loving, and peace. There are new seasons always around the corner. Keep your focus on Jesus. He never changes. He never fails. He never moves away from you – always steadfast and forever by your side.