“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet 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 NLT)
A wise man pen these words so long ago we would term then ancient/eons years ago! Yet, we are told, “Wisdom was a popular genre in the ancient world.” I began to wonder is Wisdom popular in modern culture? We often claim so. These very Words of Ecclesiastes penned by a person of Wisdom is often read at ceremonies or gatherings to delight the emotions of the moment.
Why am I doubting my belief in these words? My mind and actions answer before words appear. When a long awaited “something” good happens and I like it. I having muttering thoughts, why so long, I know it’s someone else’s fault I’v missed all this good, etc etc. How often have I stopped to say, “the timing is right?”
Or a “can’t get what I want when I want” I pause to say thank you God for this season/timing when not right for me to have my yearning fleshly desires NOW? I might put a patch on my spiritual wisdom eye and go it alone to prove I can.
Scholars disagree about the themes of Ecclesiastes: whether it is positive and life-affirming, or deeply pessimistic;…What do you think? Does your actions show your belief? I think even using a sliding grade still shows I fail often.
I grew up with this teaching, What messes us up most in life is the picture in our head of how we think it’s suppose to be.