“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”
Happy Spring! We hope this finds you and yours well. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been enjoying the spring weather. Some years it seems we go right from cold, blustery snow and rain to hot, humid summer. But this year, we’ve been getting some pretty great spring weather and we’ve been able to do some pretty thorough spring cleaning. Unfortunately, though, we’re missing out on some of the other things that make for a great spring – like spring sports, neighborhood kids riding bikes together, getting the dogs out to the dog parks or the family out to the state parks.
Thinking about the seasons often brings to mind Ecclesiastes 3. In reading this passage again, I was especially struck by the following verses: “…a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing.”
There are seasons in life, ups and downs. We all experience them, and so we understand that for better or worse, “This too shall pass.” But even in seasons of weeping, we may be surprised when we realize we can still laugh. Even as we mourn, with just the right song or dance partner, we can’t help but sway. And even as we refrain from embracing, we are finding new ways and new things to embrace.
The seasons in our lives change, and rarely are they simple. I, myself, am finding in this season that there is so much hope, so many helpers, yet I’m becoming exhausted from the vast changes and ongoing sadness. It is a time to mourn and it is a time to dance. The gift of life is a beautiful mess and what better time to be reminded of God’s presence with us through it all than at Easter?! It’s the season during which we hear stories of weeping and joy, of doubt and belief, of death and new life.
I pray you are blessed in this season, as you weep and laugh, as you mourn and dance, as you embrace and as you refrain from embracing.
With you in Christ,