When I look back on my life, I can almost define certain time frames by what was occurring in me and around me. They were seasons that came and then changed. The were definitive. There was the season of childhood. Oh, thank God (and my parents) for a good childhood. There was the season of school and friends. Then, hard work, learning my career, and marriage and young children. Seasons of sorrow. Seasons of adventure. So many wonderful seasons and difficult one’s too, like those of caring for parents as they aged and their bodies failed them. With prayer and God’s guidance, they make sense. Not completely, there is mystery to life. But, on the whole, I have framed up my experiences in context of eternity and God’s sovereignty and I can accept all that has come my way. I fully expect to be resolved when I am in God’s presence and I know what He knows. I am loving my season right now- I kinda know some things, I have children, and grandchildren. Work feels almost effortless, though I am working as much as ever. Marriage is sweet, but time is fleeting. Eternity awaits and I am not afraid.
He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:11
There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—
A time to give birth and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
A time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
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. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NASB
How gracefully have I transitioned from one season to another?
God, as this day begins- I am grateful that You have directed my steps and walked with me in each season. Most have been wonderful. I hope I remembered to say thank you along the way. What awaits? I have so many ‘bucket list’ things I want to accomplish with my lovely bride. If we can squeeze them into this life, awesome! If not, I know the next season of eternity will afford all missed in this life. Help me to see from heaven’s view the seasons I am in.