times. and seasons.

God has been calling these verses from Ecclesiastes 3 to mind the past few weeks.
"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace."
It's encouraging to hear God remind me that He is a God of all times and seasons. Every detail within my current season, every shifting time, every nuance is perfectly planned. I must choose to follow Him and walk in His will. But I am continually held up by His soveriegnty. When I read this scripture, I hear God say "I am there in the time you mourn, I am there in the time you dance, I am there...". I don't feel His nearness. I want to, but I don't have to. If He says He is, that is comfort enough.
He is so good.


Candace said...

Thanks for the reminder that God ordains every season! How encouraging this is for me today! =)

Mac said...

That sounds very encouraging:)

Lazure said...

This picture was taken with a high ISO, wasn't it?

Andrew said...

I like Ecclesiastes. Thanks for posting.

Andrew said...

You were in Ireland or somewhere in the UK weren't you Dams?

Andrew said...

So you know the Walty's. It's a small world isn't it.

DearVoid said...

thank you. i need to hear this <3