A Time For Everything

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: 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 hea, 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, 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.” (NIV)

I love this passage, it  reminds me that everything is in God’s timing. Recently Richard and I have been spending a lot of time exploring Northumberland and I have been reminded of the beauty of the changes in the seasons. At Easter the ground was bare and then we have seen the gradual growth of plants. The bracken has been the most dramatic, covering the bare earth and then growing tall and vibrant filling the land. In recent weeks we have seen it starting to turn brown and so die off for the winter.  Last weekend I was absolutely amazed at how many butterflies there were, showing yet another life cycle coming to its completion. In all of these seasons it has been amazing to marvel at God’s creation. and yet both of these examples model the time to be born and the time to die. For many of us over the past months we will have experienced some of the times or seasons described in the verses above. This weekend we are collecting personal care items to support the Afghan Refugees and we are hearing about the work of Compassion; so many people are working through times of sorrow and darkness and yet this verse reminds us that there will also be times to dance, to build, to harvest, This week I would like to encourage you to put your trust in God in all circumstances and to remember that our times are just ‘seasons’ they are not forever. Ali