As I write this, it is a slow paced, quiet tranquil morning. With a cold front bearing down upon us, rather than the day heating up, as the sun rises- temperatures are dropping and will continue to fall.
Old man Winter is indeed reminding us of his presence, and purpose.
While this season is a time of dormancy itt is also a very enlightening time if you choose to accept it. Winter allows us to go within where we are suddenly made aware of the possibilities of new life, new ways and yes a new us.
In the Scriptures, the passage often referred to as “A Time For Everything”, outlines the many changing seasons we all experience in life. It outlines the constant cycle of “Becoming”. In fact 28 specific times or seasons are mentioned in this one passage.
Now on “Becoming Today”, as part of our examination of ourselves and our shared paths we’ll take note that not included in those examples is a very important aspect; none of the 28 mention a time to quit.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, is perhaps so revered and often quoted because of its poetic approach towards life. It balances 14 distinct elements we all experience at one time or another, and some more than once. It reinforces our constant state of Always Being “Becoming”.
It teaches and reminds us that life is a mix of joy and sorrow, pleasure and pain, harmony and struggle, and life and death. Each season has its appropriate time.
Some are difficult, and still we know that we must never give up and continue on in Faith, trusting in God, believing his plans for us are always based upon good purposes and joyful outcomes.
As the passage begins “There is a time for everything,…..”
Continuing on it moves to “a time to be born and a time to die,…” This is both literal and metaphoric. Life is a constant cycle of death and rebirth. We are constantly evolving, shedding our old identities and beginning anew as we continue “Becoming”.
“A time to plant and a time to uproot,….” The seasons of planting and harvesting. What we plant in the Spring when nurtured becomes the harvest we can reap.
Other key notes for our path of “Becoming” include:
“a time to tear down and a time to build,…”
Releasing the old, focusing on “Becoming”
“a time to weep and a time to laugh,…”
Tears can be healing and laughter lifts our journeys.
“a time to be silent and a time to speak,…”
Listening is essential in communicating and when speaking we’ve in earlier discussions addressed the needs to choose our words carefully
While certainly all 28 seasons are relevant for us, these examples are I believe some simple examples to consider, ponder and reflect upon on your own path.
Included among the lessons learned in studying these verses is that we are to accept each day as a gift from the hand of God because He has a reason and a time for all things.
There is much wisdom to be gained in understanding this concept of
“There is a time for everything, / and a season for every activity under the heavens.”
When we live our lives in faith we are “Becoming” our destinies as we comprehend and embrace the power in always trusting God. Our lives truly reveal their meaning and purpose when we rely on His wisdom, timing and goodness.
Much of “Becoming” involves embracing the need for change, it is the only way in which we can truly grow, develop and realize our potentials. Life is a process. A repetitive one/ We learn, grow, become then question, learn, grow and continue “Becoming”.
As we continue to walk this path together, be willing to question yourself and answer truthfully. ‘Becoming Today” requires focus, concentration, dedication and hard work, but it only requires strengths we all have within us.