The bible says in Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2 (KJV); “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;” and the chapter goes on to list various seasons in one’s life. It also goes on to say in verse 12 and 13; “I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God.”
Eat, drink, do good things, be good to others and be merry; that is the responsibility of man, which is God’s gift to us; something that very few on this earth have come to understand but it is a message God has imprinted on my heart long before I came to be the young woman I am now.
There is a time and place for everything under the sun; I have come to know and understand these words not from the bible passage; whence they came but my father’s lips; every time he tried to speak to me about enjoying every moment of my youth, school days and those times now past.
Now as I am older; vastly approaching my 26th birthday; been a part of the working world for quite sometime; married 3 years; a mother for 2 years and have experienced the trials, emotions, responsibilities and challenges of adulthood. I really have come to comprehend the true value of my father’s words and this bible passage.
There really is a time and place for everything and now my adolescence, my childhood and that part of my yesterdays are just a series of pleasant and unpleasant memories; accomplishments and regrets; proud moments and disappointments.
Sometimes something as simple as a rerun of an old t.v show or a song on the radio transmit visions of simpler times in my life to my minds-eye and it almost makes me sad to know that for most of that journey I was sleepwalking and not truly living in the moments; moments that will never be returned to me.
So I’m kind of stuck in a place of questions; wondering what happened and maybe- slightly-just-a-little think “What if,” but I am smarter than that; I know that if I keep concentrating on the “What ifs” and “What happens;” then when I get to new phases in my life; I’ll be asking the same questions about “Now.”
So in this season of my life; which I believe is the healing season; the forgiving season; the moving on season; the loving myself-discovering myself-forgiving myself-educating myself season; I will work hard on growing and being the woman God designed me to be.
This is my waiting period; where I have to learn patience; trusting God and myself. I have to believe in my dreams and God’s grace to bring me to them; I also have to believe in my ability to do; what He says I will do; face my fears (which Satan works overtime every day to put and keep in my thinking); speak positively about who I am and where I stand and believe that despite how it looks from where I am right now; God will bring my dreams to past; it is his promise to me and all his children.
One more thing; I believe the Father does give you an opportunity to relive your childhood and adolescence through your children. As parents we all work very hard to give our children what we never had as kids; so to my children my greatest gift to them; is the gift of love; God’s and mine; confidence and food for the body, mind and spirit. If our Father in heaven; allows me to do so.
There is a season for everything under the sun; Ecclesiastes 3: 15 (NIV); Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account; I understand this to mean; that life will be what it is to be and there really is nothing new under the sun; we live; we learn; we feel; we share; we give; we smile; we cry; we die and the world goes on. So it is up to us to enjoy our short time here and let God take care of the rest.
Verse 18- 22; “I also thought, “As for men, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. Man’s fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; man has no advantage over the animal. Everything is meaningless. All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. Who knows if the spirit of man rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth? So I saw that there is nothing better for a man than to enjoy his work, because that is his lot. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?”
So that’s my plan; to get up every single time I fall; to be happy most days and cry when I feel to; to grab every opportunity of something positive and joyful happening in my life; to enjoy my family and friends; however short the time; to be passionate about passion and like I constantly say “Live life to it’s fullest.” What about you?
Have a wonderful-lovely-amazing-excellent-passionate day. Love yah.
The Whole Chapter: Ecclesiastes 3
1To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
9What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?
10I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.
11He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
12I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.
13And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.
14I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.
15That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.
16And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.
17I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.
18I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.
19For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.
20All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.
21Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?
22Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?