Many are familiar with the passage taken from Ecclesiastes, if only by listening to the words in the famous folk/rock ballad sung by The Byrds.
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 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. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ESV)
God orders our lives for His glory. His glory reveals our utter depravity and unearths our weaknesses and foibles pushing us to follow Him more closely. Our gratefulness and love for Him are the end result.
This year has been one of tremendous change in my Christian journey. I retired from a long-term pastorate, purchased a new house, moved to a new city, had a heart attack, and now I’m making life changes. I believe it is all a part of the process that God is using to conform me into His image. For the next several months I want to share some of what I’ve experienced and the choices I’ve made to possibly encourage you.
There is an appointed time for everything. When we listen to our Father through the Scriptures and speak to our Father through prayer we can navigate the waters of change knowing that Jesus is present with us in the boat of life.