"There is a time for every purpose, unto heaven........." So goes the song from the mid-60's sung by the Byrds. I remember it and those times, and I further embraced the words when I realized it came right out of the Book of Ecclesiastes. There is a time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to reap that which is planted, a time to kill, and a time to heal, and on it goes.
As we come to a change in seasons, I begin to think of all the changes in my life and how what is can quickly turn into what was. I believe it is a reminder from God not to hold on to anything but Him too tightly. It is also a reminder that he is God and we are not, and that we should never lose sight of what he wants us to do above all else - make it to heaven to be with him and take as many people as we can with us.
So many people around us are experiencing health issues such as cancer. Just yesterday several people spoke to me about major life altering situations. As Job realized, we can never "curse God" for all this, but in his own words, "should we just accept the good, and not the bad?" Easy to say, but not always to do because when life hits us below the belt, we often buckle in pain and question
But then there are seasons, there are changes, just watch a weather pattern on any given day and we see that all around us God reminds us of who the artist in this world is and how often the colors of the picture of life change.
Through it all our hope is always that there is a greater purpose in each situation and we must enjoy thoroughly those moments when we experience prosperity, love and great fellowship. It is a blessing to be in a good season, and when the weather of circumstance changes, God is always there to season us with his mercy and grace.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh: a time to mourn and a time to dance...a time to keep and a time to cast away. No matter which time or season it is, it is our life, and let's live every moment of it to the fullest knowing that the best season is yet to come!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.