This week has reminded me of the seasons of life. We had the birth of our little girl and the shocking news that someone very close has been given a diagnosis that will eventually take him unless the Lord intervenes.
We all experience seasons…sadness, joy, sickness, death, and the list goes on. The question we must ask is, “How is God going to use this?” We often want to ask, “God, why are You allowing this?”
Since the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, evil, sickness, and all that go with it are inescapable. Despite that difficult truth, God wants to love you through your seasons.
I’ll end with a familiar passage of Scripture. For the person who may not be so familiar with church, you might remember these as lyrics to “Turn, Turn, Turn” by the Byrds. Pay close attention to a verse that is not quoted as part of this but is super important. Verse 11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Everything has an appointed time. Roses don’t become beautiful without time and proper care. Babies take time to develop before they come out of the womb. Your difficulty won’t reveal its purpose until its appointed time.
Be encouraged, dear friend. Whatever your season may be, God’s got this!
“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck 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; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw 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 of war, And a time of peace.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, 11 NKJV