A Time to Every Purpose
Moving back to the North has reminded me of the ever-changing, yet constant rhythm of the four distinct seasons we experience. As I have been immersed back into the reality of winter weather, I have found myself with an itch for Spring weather these past few weeks. I have enjoyed the snow and winter season, but like most people, I am looking forward to Spring. In my anticipation of Spring, I have never doubted whether Spring would come or not. Rather, I know that there is a cyclical pattern of seasons that come and go every year without fail. This is how God has designed it.
Our lives are like the seasons that come and go. There was a time when God brought us forth as a new life into this world. This was the Springtime of our existence. And yet, just as certain as the new life arose, so it is inevitable that the new life will one day die. Spring will turn to Summer and Summer to Fall and Fall to Winter. It is a pattern of life and death. And yet in this pattern of our lives is seen the overarching providence of God. Ecclesiastes 3 explains that “to every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose” (v. 1). In this chapter, we see the word “time” listed 28 times in just the first 8 verses. The use of this word “time” is arranged in 14 pairs of opposites. There is a “time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up….” This pairing of opposites continues on to verse 8 as the reader is reminded of the many seasons of life that we all will likely go through at some time in our existence. There is a cycle to life. Just as God is providentially controlling the seasons of nature, so He is also in control of the seasons of our life. As Christians, this should cause us to rejoice!
Our circumstances in life are in a constant state of change. Yet in the midst of the changing “times” of our life, we can be confident that God has an all-wise purpose behind them. Verse 11 says that God “hath made every thing beautiful in his time…” God has orchestrated the seasons of our life and His purpose in all that He brings us through is to make a “beautiful” song of our life. We may not understand God’s purposes or the beauty behind what He allows in our life, but we can be sure that He has an all-wise and loving purpose for all He does.
Just as the winter turns to spring,
Our lives have changing seasons too;
So when a gloomy forecast comes,
Remember—God has plans for you. —Sper