There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven. – (Ecclesiastes 3:1, HCSB)
There is a right time for everything, and everything on earth will happen at the right time. – (Ecclesiastes 3:1, ERV)
For everything that happens in life – there is a season, a right time for everything under heaven. – (Ecclesiastes 3:1, VOICE)
This is such a strange truth. It amazes me how there can be a loss and a gain, a death and new life, mourning and celebrating – all in the same season. Yesterday was the first time in twenty-five years that I was not present and coaching gymnastics for the first day of practice at my middle school. Meanwhile, I was happily coaching at the high school. An exchange had to be made in positions, as there is an overlap in seasons. Incredibly, our athletic director figured out a way for me to join my friends at the middle school once my high school season is over. God raised up the right person to take my place, and blessed me to still be a part of it. I know that it is good for me to embrace the new, and wonderful to have someone new spread their wings and soar. There is a strange sort of mourning and celebrating simultaneously. When there is a shift in what we know, we are meant to live in the moment and experience whatever the change may bring. In every season, God is good. He is faithful to walk beside us, and to lead us into the new. May we ever seek the Lord in every season, and praise Him for His faithfulness forever.
A time for all things,
Each season to grow;
Blessings and mourning,
God makes His grace known.
Ever He’s faithful,
In love, He will lead;
Meeting all our needs.
Let’s keep hearts open,
In each time of new;
Welcome God in it,
Watch what He will do.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are faithful in every season we walk through. Thank You that You provide Your goodness, kindness and grace, even in seasons that we are not sure how to navigate. Forgive us for our fears and doubts, for Your grace covers us and Your love provides. Teach us to trust all that You are doing in every new season, and to reflect back on all that You have faithfully done before. Show us how to love and encourage those around us in whatever season they are in. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we praise You for Your love and faithfulness forever. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
You shower him with blessings that last forever; he finds joy in knowing Your presence and loving You. – Psalm 21:6