Regarding Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3.1-8
Living life is not for the faint of heart. In living life we cherish those moments of joy and pleasure, because it is those moments that let us know that life is not full of agony and hurt.
Yet, life has a wonderful way of punching us so hard in the stomach that we bow over in pain and lack of breath.
That gut punch can come from the loss of a loved one, loss of property by theft or fire, loss of trust by betrayal or lying, loss of stature because of accusation or failure, or loss of health due to disease or illness, or some other punch that just seems to take the fighting spirit right out of us.
All of these, and more, challenge our character and sometimes make us wonder if life is worth living, especially striving for righteous living. Yet when one reads Ecclesiastes 3.1-8, one is quickly reminded of the many different ups and downs to life.
In the past, and depending on my struggles, I have read about the seasons under heaven and seemed to find it much easier to identify with the negative seasons: death, killing, breaking down, weeping, mourning, casting away stones, refraining from embracing, losing, casting away, rending, silencing, hating and warfare.
But, to quote Little House on the Prairie, “there is no great loss without some small gain.” It is with this quote that our attention to the great seasons in life should come to mind.
What are those seasons?
Birth, Planting, Healing, Building up,
Laughing, Dancing, Gathering stones,
Embracing, Getting, Keeping,
Sewing, Speaking, Loving, and Peace.
Each person will experience their own individual and unique seasons under heaven – from extreme loss to extreme joy.
This article does not seek to belittle or decry any individualized experience of life. Each person undergoes life in a different way, and will face some challenges that only they and God above know.
My hope is that when we are faced with the traumas of life, we don’t let them knock us down. Instead, when we face emotional, mental, physical and spiritual challenges, may we look to and draw close to God – exemplifying what the Psalmist penned in Psalm 73.28, “But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.”
Let us follow David’s example (Psalm 6.2-7) and pour out our grief to God. Taking the time to weep; giving our sorrow, our pain and our mourning to God our Heavenly Father.
Let us also turn to one another for help and encouragement, lifting each other up, because we know that there is a time to heal, a time to build up, and a time to embrace.