To Everything There Is A Season

Living in Minnesota it is impossible to miss the natural order of seasons through the year. As the summer is winding down we are starting to think about the new school year and new dance season in our house. I have started a new job which is a new season in my life. Our kids are entering their last year of middle school, their last year of elementary school and their last year of preschool, there are all kinds of seasons changing around us. Seasons flow in all of our lives, some seasons are great for us, some are not the best, some we struggle through and some bring about the death of things we hold dear.

As I reflected on this I was reminded of the following versus from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, which many of you may recognize as they were the basis for a very famous song.
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.
As we just had another checkup for with our daughter's cardiologist I of course think back to some of the hardest things I've ever had to go through as a father. That terrible season built something in us as a family that made us stronger. No matter what season you find yourself in, know that the seasons will change. If you or someone you know is going through a tough season, encourage them with these verses. When I look back at some of the hardest times in my life, they were also when the most transformation happened. They built things in me that I can appreciate now. When we face the most difficulty in our lives, God is building something in us that will make us better. I never see it when I'm in that moment, but after I'm through it and look back it all becomes clear.

Stay strong and try to enjoy the season, even if you don't like winter.


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