Saturday, November 8, 2008


There's a segment of the Bible that I often find myself going back to re-read and reflect on.
It's from Ecclesiastes 3 and this is what it says:
A Time for Everything
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,

a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

...He has made everything beautiful in its time.

Life is full of a variety of seasons- some we like to linger in and soak up, others we await the passing of- yet in all the seasons God has the ability to make it beautiful.
I often look at this poetic reflection found in the Bible and consider my own season. I find there is almost this "permission" to experience a wide array of emotions- really, there is "a time to give up" and say enough is enough, or"a time to dance" around your house like a crazy person because you are so elated. (Liliana laughs at Mommy when I do that- she thinks I am pretty funny when I sing tunes and dance around the kitchen).

Life isn't neat. In one day alone I can experience 10 different emotions. But that's the fun of life. How boring to always be in the same exact season day in and day out. I am all for variety and enjoying the seasons before me.

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