Pastor’s Corner: Seasons of life
I love summer. Summers in North Dakota are like nature’s way of apologizing for winters in North Dakota. I don’t know exactly what it is that I love the most, but I know I love the long days, beautiful sunsets, and the wonder of being outside enjoying the Creator’s majesty.
As I am sitting inside writing this blog I am looking outside at a beautiful blue sky, a bright sunny day, and green vegetation everywhere. It is easy to sit back and thank God for His creation at times like this.
The truth, however, is this: The summer season will soon pass into another. In my estimation, fall is just as wonderful a season, it’s just different. The further I get in my faith journey the more I ponder Solomon’s writings in Ecclesiastes 3:
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.
The truth of the wise Solomon is timeless. Although summer is a wonderful break from the daily grind of life, it is fleeting. Couples get married, have children, and those children get married. This is the progression of life. If not careful we can lament the ever changing world in which we live, or embrace the seasons of life as they unfold.
So until the first frost threatens the end of summer, until those leaves start to change colors, until the first snowflake threatens to fall, enjoy the season of summer for all of its beauty. And remember, God created it for your enjoyment, so enjoy the season, but embrace the new one that awaits us!
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