As we saw in the opening of Ecclesiastes 3, there is a season for everything, and God ordains it.
As we continue through Ecclesiastes 3, we see the author show us the rhythm of life.
“There is a time to cry and a time to laugh. There is a time to be sad and a time to dance.
There is a time to throw away stones and a time to gather them. There is a time to hug and a time not to hug.
There is a time to look for something and a time to stop looking for it. There is a time to keep things and a time to throw things away.”Ecclesiastes 3:4-6
As we progress through the global pandemic, we often feel like we are on a never-ending roller coaster. King Solomon guides us through some of life’s highs and lows as he compares and contrasts those moments.
Whether we are celebrating moments of great joy or spending time with friends, they bracket the moments that break our hearts. One moment we celebrate the birth of a child, and in the next, we say good-bye to a wonderful friend.
I was listening to a talk by Lisa Harper this weekend, and she shared about her vision for having a child. She is a single woman who loves kids, but never found the love of her life.
At a woman’s conference, the Lord impressed upon her heart to care for the widows and orphans. It was at that moment that the idea of adoption began to take root in her heart.
Sometime later, she shared her heart’s desire with her small group.
After sharing her desire, a member of her small group met with her and dissuaded her because of some things in her past that might lead her to be a bad mother.
For seven years, the dream of being a mom sat on a shelf in her heart because she believed she was not good enough.
Seven years later, another woman shared how God had brought Lisa’s name to mind when she encounters a young baby whose mother passed away from HIV in Haiti.
Two years after multiple adoption heartbreaks, Lisa brought home Missy. Missy was diagnosed with HIV and a few other things, and not expected to live long. Eleven years later, Missy is doing great!
And Lisa saw the power of God move through the rhythms of her life. Sometimes, as Solomon says, we throw dreams, relationships, or things aside, and then at their proper time, are brought back to us.
Other times, like now, we all clamor for hugs when we cannot experience them.
Our lives ride the waves of change. We experience great joy while chasing regret which can stifle our dreams. The Lord is present in the seasons of life.
We may need to say good-bye to a relationship, and only to have it surface years later.
God continues to work in our lives, even when we might only feel or experience the bad.
The loudest voice we need to hear is the Lord’s.
I encourage you to embrace the rhythms in your life.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for guiding me through the rhythms in my life. Help me to recognize all that you are doing in my life – the good and the work you are doing in me to make me more like you. Thank you for loving me. Amen!
- Dawn – Rebecca St. James (song)