Laity Reflection: A New Season, Carolyn Moe Graduate, School for Lay Ministry
February 22, 2013
Some of you know that we like to plant flowers around our home, so here are some seeds for thought. Thank you, “Anna’s Hosannas!” for getting me thinking. Often at the beginning of a new year, we think about what we will do differently. Many people make New Year’s resolutions. Others just think about new projects they will begin or complete. Did you ever consider that God has been working toward our well-being, too? Sometimes we just forge ahead to do things without thinking them through and asking God if this is the right time. Consider this scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 A Time for Everything 3 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, 6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. As you read this scripture, which lines catch your attention the most? Each of us has experienced different events in our past and look forward to different experiences in our future, yet God knows them all. We might really be looking forward to a change, or be hoping things stay just like they are now. Perhaps God is preparing a season of joy or of sorrow or of waiting. Think about Ecclesiastes 7:14 “When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other.” His plans for us are hidden until His perfect timing to reveal the next step. Then the best step for planning for the future is to be closely in touch with God, through His Word, the Bible, through prayer and through the council of a Christian church family. As we know God more deeply, and our faith in His will for us strengthens, whatever “time” it is in our lives will be right and bring us joy. My you find that kind of JOY this week.
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