Ecclesiastes 3 starts with a simple yet profound statement “To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven”. The writer then explains comprehensively every season of life. Not the literal seasons of winter, spring, summer and fall, but the phases of life that we will all experience as we journey through.
My observation is that figuring out the right time to react, respond, and rejoice are keys to navigating cheerfully and effectively.
Aside from birth and death we have the ability to make choices regarding the events that enter our lives whether they were planned or unexpected.
Traversing the developments that present in our days is not as easy as it may seem. Due to our attachment to emotions we often allow life events to dictate our response instead of being firm, fixed and forceful to continue on the decided pathway.
We can become dismayed when it is time to “pluck up that which is planted” because we have enjoyed the process of watching it germinate and cultivate into something both beautiful and useful failing to understand that it cannot be beneficial unless it is garnered.
We become confused when the things we have grown accustomed and comfortable with are at the point of crumbling or faulty and need breaking down in order for a new start to occur.
We dread the moments that cause us to weep (even when they may be moments that cause others to laugh) all while knowing that joy is coming in the morning. And we loathe the times of mourning when we know it is a part of the ‘circle of life’. We often fail to rejoice with others because we are focused on our personal results. Learning to respect and rally around others instead of being inward focused changes our perspective and ultimately our outlook and the outcome of our lives causing us to recognize more times to dance!
We must never neglect the time to dance! We cannot push it off or “wait until the next time” because we have no idea when it will come again.
The great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. advised, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” There is a time to keep silent, but equally so “a time to speak”. We must choose wisely and stand up and out for what we believe is right.
Love is both simple and complex. It is confused by many and labeled incorrectly more times than not, but it is always “a time to love”. Who you love should not be selective, only who you are intimate with. We should love all mankind. This is inclusive to those who hate us and those who love us back.
In conclusion, when we learn to properly react, respond, and rejoice to the stimuli of life we will then find the journey is to be anticipated and purely amazing!