What Time Is It? March 2019

I actually love the seasons of the year and the transitions in between. We have had quite a winter with more snow in February than we’re used to and now we are anticipating the coming of spring. Flowers and trees will be blooming, and warmer days will come, but there will be a lot of mud and mess in between. There is a time and a season for each of these and try as we may, we can’t control them.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heaven. Ephesians 3:1

This month, Melanie and I were in North Dakota for her father, Wes’s, Celebration of Life service. He was 95 years young and as a lifetime farmer, he knew well about the uncontrollable seasons of the year and of life. As my mentor, he taught me to take things in stride and stop fighting against the things I can’t control. By his modeling in life, I learned to spend my effort on the things I can control which really comes down to my attitude and actions in response to it.

a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted. Ecclesiastes 3:2
a time to tear down and a time to build. Ecclesiastes 3:3

The other thing that Wes taught me, was that seasons of life were not meant to stay. I have gone through very difficult seasons of loss, and weeping was a part of it. But by my willing to submit myself to the season, I have discovered repeatedly that it “came to pass…. It didn’t come to stay”. 

There is a time to weep and time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance. Ecclesiastes 3:4

Through Serve Wenatchee, you are coming along people every day who are in very difficult seasons of life. They are feeling the barrenness of Winter and the blooming of Spring seems so distant that the feeling is it may never arrive. The season of life in which they find themselves, we cannot control. But what we can and do control is our attitudes and actions in response to it. This is were our seasons of life overlap. In their season of need, we are given the opportunity to respond with a season of help. We simply need to answer the question, WHAT TIME IS IT?

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heaven. Ephesians 3:1

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