Thursday, May 3, 2012

Season of Change

The earth is displaying a bounty of green, from the trees that have burst forth with leaves overlooking the grass below, to the plants that sprouted from the ground.

It is the season of change, as lives are on the brink, wavering between the past and the future. Lives stretch out beyond us with an uncertain future. We don't know where the path may lead, how long it will continue, or the twists and turns along the way.

Students, have worked hard with the goal of graduation standing like a beacon before them. They've reached it, so now what?  While the graduate, from high school or college, expects to be at this point, often, others are hesitating on their journey as well. Surprisingly, there are as many questions by those nearing the end of their lives as those starting out.

Questions fill the mind, as possibilities dance through the mind. Some thoughts come in and wait, while others flit through with abandon. Each one is an opportunity for growth, for contribution, for service, or of receiving... and any of the options could be the correct choice for the moment.

Ah, that's the significance, isn't it? The "for the moment" nature of the possibilities, our choices, and our actions propel us along our path.  What seemed so right at one time, and indeed, probably was, is not necessarily what is right for all times. Seasons change, and with them, the needs of the moment.

My own "for the moment" situation finds me wrestling with this just as urgently as I have at other turning points in my life. However, the options do not flood my mind, but dangle just out of reach, as I pray for discernment. They peek out seductively, yet scurry back before I can grasp them.

There is a time for everything, 
and a season for every activity under the heavens.  
He has made everything beautiful in its time.  
Ecclesiastes 3:1 and 11.  

For this reason, I am sure that it is the time for something, yet I do not know at the moment, what that something is.
 Turn, Turn, Turn

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, 
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 from embracing, 
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.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


  1. I believe the answer to your question is there and you are doing it whether you realize it or not.

    But the object is what time is it for the reader, isn't it? Well done.


    1. Interesting comment, one that provides me with more food for thought. (certainly hasn't been a shortage of reflective thinking recently) The "doing it whether you realize it or not" part is especially intriguing. True, think we're all, the reader as well as the writer, are often in seasons of change. We think it's maturing and moving on, yet maybe it's just following the path...


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