My kids have started school and so have I. Summer temps still hover—and will for another month, but a new season has arrived. Before we find ourselves drowning in the new activity of the fall, let’s take some time and explore what God has for each of us this season. Walk with me through Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. This won’t be a quick journey. Try chewing on a verse or two over a cup of coffee during the next couple of weeks. Here’s the passage and some questions to open us up to what God has for us this season:
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
What is God birthing? What has died and needs to be put to rest?
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
What should you sow? What needs to be pulled?
a time to kill and a time to heal,
What’s been killed—or should be? What requires healing?
a time to tear down and a time to build,
What must come down? What can you build?
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
For what have you shed tears? What gives you laughter?
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
What do you mourn? Is it valid? What can you dance over?
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
What should you scatter? What should you gather?
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
What do you embrace? Is it healthy? From what have you restrained? Is this valid?
a time to search and a time to give up,
For what are you searching? Why? What must you release?
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
What is worth keeping? What needs discarding?
a time to tear and a time to mend,
What demands to be severed? What yearns to be reconciled?
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
Should you hold your tongue? Is your voice required?
a time to love and a time to hate,
What requires your love? What do you need to hate? Are you tolerating something you shouldn’t?
a time for war and a time for peace.
What battles has God assigned you? With whom do you need to make peace?
Heavy questions, I know, but God asks us to slow down and to contemplate the bigger things. The eternal things.
God has a plan for this season. For this day. Will you stop and seek Him? Don’t miss the treasure for the trivial.
Workout for the Week: New Seasons
Memory Verse: Choose the verse that most speaks to you.
Meditation Passage: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Just Do It: What time is it for you?