So Im driving home from work yesterday and I flip it to the classic rock station. (A favorite for going home to work...) Anyway. The Birds song, Turn Turn Turn comes on. If you arent familiar with the song, its taken from Ecclesiasties, "to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven." (Ecc. 3:1)
So Im sitting there thinking, when is it going to be my season? And the very next line of the song talked about a time to gather stones and a time to cast away stones. I thought, that's the stupidest thing I have ever heard. Who gathers and casts away stones in the first place? And then it hit me like a ton of bricks. (or stones in this case) There are seasons in are life when we are required to do things that make absolutely no sense. We just gotta get through em and eventually (I hope) we will be allowed to know the why's of our seasons. And with help learn the lessons intended during that season.
I was in the gathering of stones season for quite some time. I have gathered and gathered them until a short time ago when I realized my back was breaking under all these damn stones. (I guess this comes from gathering the wrong stones.) So I have now entered into the season of casting away stones. And what a difference it has made. I have indentifed so many things in my life that have been dragging me down. I have found people who could help me to cast away the stones of my collected past and sought out the One who could take away those stones that I and that no one else could remove alone.
I then found it quite amusing that the next line in the song (and scripture) was "a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing". I guess its my time to refrain from embracing!! But seriously. I have noticed again and again lately, little messages and little thoughts coming to me from the most unlikely places but ultimately from the source of all truth.
The other impression I recieved was as we are living out or through one season, we are setting the groundwork so we will be ready for the next season of our lives. The choices of the past have put me in a position that I was sufficiently humbled and reminded of Him whom I need to look toward. As a I left a very sad season in my life, I was prepared to see the beauty of the new season I was entering. I was able to stop trying to "white nuckle it" and learned to ask for help. And Im in a position to get the most out of this season. (Even as difficult as it is.) And as I continue through this current season, I am getting everything in place in my life so that I can be ready to be fully blessed by the season that is to come.
While this is on a very small scheme in my example, I believe it is only a "type" of the grand scheme of things. Life in general is a preparatory season.
I hope this doesn't come across as preachy or even worse cryptic or too deep. Its just some of the stuff that flows through the brain during rush hour traffic.
4 years ago