The Seasons of Life

In Ecclesiastes 3 Solomon wrote: To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the 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 get, 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 of war, and a time of peace. 9 What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? 10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

We can be so short-sighted believing that when we are going through a rough path that it is forever. No, it for a season. Yes, it may rough and painful but it is not forever if we put our hope and trust in Him.

Philippians 2 says:13For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. 14Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 15That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

How we go through each season is a choice. We can understand that rough seasons are refining fires or we can whine and lose hope. Who and what we put our trust in determines our choice.

As we live our lives, we must always remember that it is our choice how we choose to respond to the challenges we face. We can accuse, blame, rant and rave or we can run to the Father and allow Him us to show us the way through.

Life isn’t always fair, but at least we have a life. His mercies are new every morning. We can be strengthen by that and knowing that the joy of the Lord is our strength. There is NOTHING we have to do in our own strength. When we do it that way, it is for naught.

Daily we get to choose to walk in His light and His love. It is sometimes to love the prickly people or the people who have hurt us. However, unforgiveness is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.

I remember singing to my daddy as he lay dying in the hospital. Just the day before I had spoken at a women’s Cursillo about how to be free from  abuse. The only way is through forgiveness. God never meant for me to be abused, but I would be held a prisoner of my past if I had not forgiven him.

Though he was in a coma, I told him of the women set free that weekend and then I softly sang the song we had sung that weekend, In His Time. Tears ran down his face as I told him once again that I forgave him. He died the following day.

Hope this song blesses you, too, and you will live this season of your life to the fullest.


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