Sunday, May 6, 2012

Seasons of Hope

He has made everything beautiful in it's time. (Ecc 3:11)  Everything.  God allows us to go through seasons that we don't understand sometimes; winters that chill us and make us think we will never be warm again, summers that melt us so that we are poured out like a drink offering, springs that grow us and refresh us and autumns that let us rest before the long winter.  I have heard the old saying "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger"... but I believe that God allows us to go through trials time and time again until we get it right.  Yes, it makes us stronger.. yes, it makes us think about what we will do next time, yes it makes us resolve to do what is right... and yes, everything is made beautiful in its time.

Ecc 14   I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. 


It gives me great peace to know there is a time and season for everything in my life.  This time last year I had a friend loose her daughter to a car wreck.  Again in this season of remembering last May we gather around the family again to let them know we love them and are praying for them... and we do.. so much.  Yet, God is not lost in the middle of all of this.  He knows that we all will go through hard things in life...and we are all just seeking to be normal... and at the foot of His throne and during all the seasons of our lives He is there for us....and He loves us.. Oh, how He loves us!


Ecclesiastes 3-  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.
What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.

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