A New Season

If anything Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 teaches is that there is a season for everything. Life gets tough sometimes and that has the tendency to distract us from the “narrow path” that is serving and walking in Jesus Christ. Sometimes life gets difficult and complicated with bills to pay, rent or mortgage and if you have children, keeping a home and raising a family. Even marriage has its obstacles. Yet Ecclesiastes teaches that things will ultimately get better, that the will of God is to take care of his children. To meet our needs spiritually, mentally and physically. He cares for us and wants the best yet our sinful desires get in a way.
 
Ecclesiastes especially 3:1-8 explains that like there are good days there will be bad ones. Like there will be moments of prosperity there can also be famine. What I learned reading this beautiful scripture is that the Lord is just and righteous. He puts us through trials, will allow things to happen to sharpen that resilience he embedded within us. That hope within us to wake up everyday trying to be better parents, sisters, friends and a follower of Christ.
 
A time to weep and a time to laugh……At times “to laugh” is scarier than “to weep”. I try to work hard at embracing and living the moment yet I can’t help but think of the next time to weep. I know about weeping trust me I know! Yet the holy spirit assures me I am not alone in my weeping. That in all the situations good or bad Jesus is right there celebrating or comforting me. That the future may be uncertain but we have a father who has been there forever, with the same intent, same characteristics not fickel like us. That we have a redeemer in Christ who empathizes with us in those moments. Especially those helpless moments when we find ourselves in situations we cannot control such as losing a loved one, going through a tough divorce, unruly children or loss of financial stability. We ponder and ponder often begging and pleading to God. Our soul screeches with sorrow at that unworthiness we feel as sinners. Even when we know we are doing right by God.
 
I am here to testify that the Lord is triumphant and that he will never give you what you cannot bear. He is all knowing and at the end you’ll simply smile at your prayers being answered when you least expect it. A secret joke between you. Just like Sarai laughed at the angel of the Lord when he reassured her she will bare a child in her old age. That smile she probably had in her face as she held her promise in her arms after birth.
 
See there is a season a time for everything and in our generation there is a season of labor we must do before he comes. Either being involved in church, testifying, giving out spiritual resources or doing the bare minimum, simply smiling at your brethren and saying good morning. We are called to bare witness that there is a redeemer who truly cares about what we want but there is a God who ultimately decides. Fear of the Lord is what Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 taught me. That the spirit of God moves through generations, times and seasons strengthening and calling out God’s people. Yet God makes provision over and over again and that there is nothing new under the son. So we can trust in his word especially the last verse in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 “a time of war and a time of peace” Glory to God that all this will end and that one day we will experience true heavenly peace as we look forward to the second coming!
 
Astharte Delossantos