“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot…” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2). The older you get, the more you tend to reflect on life’s experiences, trying to discern and learn from them. The reflections found in the Book of Ecclesiastes read like a personal journal. The author is an older man looking back at all of his activities and accomplishments. He asks himself questions such as, “What does this all mean as I realize that I will die and leave it all behind?” Through God’s wisdom, the author directs our thoughts to the truth that life is made up of “seasons.” For us to live well, we must consider the seasons of our life and make the most of them. There was a season in my life while in high school when I thought playing sports was the most important thing. I still have an interest in sports, but it is only a passing interest to me now. For many of us, there’s a season of raising children. This is a very important time of our lives, but it also passes quickly. There’s a season when work and career seem to occupy great significance…and we come to realize that work alone doesn’t fulfill the deepest purpose of life. What season are you in right now? Sometimes during times of grueling perseverance, we tend to think, If only I could fast-forward into the next season, then I will find peace and happiness. However, there’s a better way to navigate through our seasons. In my life right now, I awaken each morning with a “jolt of reality” at how quickly the seasons pass and on the brevity of life (I will be turning 65 next month). Please allow me to give you some advice. Live for Jesus today and be grateful for the season you find yourself in right now. If you are enduring an especially hard place, trust God through it, knowing that this season will also pass. Ecclesiastes teaches us to appreciate God’s gift of life and to reverence Him and keep His Word (see Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). So, don’t just long for your next season. Walk and talk with Jesus today and rejoice in Him. He is faithful and good, and He will keep you through every season of your life!
Pastor Mark Boucher