During this time of events and activities being canceled, I have realized how much these markers shape the time and seasons of life. I was feeling a little sad again about how many things we have been missing this spring and summer that would have been a normal part of life in the past. But then I had another thought.
In the Bible God promises that as long as the earth remains, seed time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter will never stop. So I realized that even though the activities during these seasons have stopped, the seasons themselves remain. The sun is still shining hot this summer. The leaves will still turn beautiful colors this autumn. There will still be a briskness to the air and hot cups of tea to enjoy.
God also talks about time in the Bible. In Ecclesiastes, it says that there is a season and a time for every purpose. One of the specific activities the section addresses is there being a time for hugging and a time to not hug. For those of us ‘huggers,’ this time of not hugging is hard, but it won’t last forever.
It is somewhat of a dichotomy, that during this unusual time in history that we get to make some choices as to what kind of a time it is. Ecclesiastes chapter 3 has a whole list of pairs of opposing types of times. Some of them are things we need to choose from every day. Is this a time to speak or a time to be silent? Is this a time to keep or a time to throw away? Is this a time to love or a time to hate???
As we enjoy the consistency of the seasons of nature and try to keep up with our ever changing culture, I would offer this idea: that it is a great time for peace to be born; time to plant seeds of change; time to heal broken hearts; time to build each other up; time that we learn to laugh at ourselves; time to learn to dance with joy; time to gather as the Living Stones of the church; time to embrace truth; time to search for unity; time to keep that which is good; time to mend what has been destroyed; a time to speak kindly; a time to love; and a time for peace.
“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night shall never cease.” Genesis 8:22
“To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to break down and a time to build, 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 keep from embracing, a time to search and a time to count as lost, a time to keep and a time to discard, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8