It's Just a Season

Phew. Some days are tough. Some weeks are long, and sometimes you know you're just in a hard season. I can look back and see seasons of my life that were easier, and some that really stretched me. I've been in a stretching season for a while. My mom worries about me, haha.

The good news is, this is just a season. There is a purpose in it. We've been studying Ecclesiastes in our college ministry, and it is a refreshing reminder that there is nothing new under the sun. I'm not the first mom to have two little ones, or a child with special needs. I'm not the first one to have my specific set of problems - God has grace perfectly portioned for me as he has for others before me. There is a time for tears, but there's also a time for laughter. It has been ordained and it is all for my good and His glory. There are little moments that are hard, but they are going to make a big impact - on my spiritual growth, on my story, for His name.

Ecclesiastes 3 English Standard Version (ESV)

A Time for Everything

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 God-Given Task

What gain has the worker from his toil? 10 I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 12 I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; 13 also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God's gift to man.
14 I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him. 15 That which is,already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away.[a]