“For everything, there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 ASV)
Peering out the window and witnessing the seasons change led me to read Ecclesiastes, a reminder that time is brief, like the falling of an Autumn leaf.
While reading the third chapter of Ecclesiastes, the writer repeatedly mentions the word time, emphasizing to me that time is valuable, more valuable than money, and you can’t get it back, and to use it wisely.
Part of God’s design is the seasons, where we learn to depend on and come to expect things, like hope and a sense of faith. I’ve learned to embrace the unforeseen changes in life since caution only hinders God’s foresight. God is sovereign over all creation, and time is a critical factor in His sovereignty. He is behind the way things are and the way things are going to turn out.
Time encourages us to enjoy life to the fullest by practicing gratitude, celebrating small wins, and investing in ourselves. There is no time to waste. Each season holds an experience we’ll face in our lifetime: times of birth, death, weeping, and joy.
What we go through in life is not by accident; the loss of a job, or the loss of a loved one, everything is orchestrated or allowed by God with great purpose and intentionality. Whatever God takes us through has a purpose, to deepen our faith and to help us achieve breakthroughs in a specific area of life. Whatever season of life you find yourself in, it will have a beginning, and it will have an end.
No one is exempt from seasons. It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, educated or not educated.
As you go about your day, remember, the leaves change color, and time waits for no one. It’s the consistency of the earth’s seasons, reflecting its Creator.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ASV
3 For everything there is a season, and a time for every [a]purpose under heaven: 2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which 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 together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 a time to rend, 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 for war, and a time for peace