SEASONS COME, SEASONS GO
Seasons come and seasons go. Ecclesiastes says in the first verse of Chapter 3, “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” It goes on to “list activities under heaven” of which there is a time and a season. Birth, Death, Planting, Harvest—the list goes on and on.
Loss is an “activity under heaven” and it can creep into our lives or suddenly come upon us in a heartbeat. In verse 4 of that same Chapter in Ecclesiastes it helps us know what to do in seasons of loss. “A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.”
Although loss might be something you are walking through right now, your Heavenly Father knew that season was on the horizon and hasn’t left you to walk alone or without instruction. He created us to not only laugh and love with a full heart but He has created us to cry and grieve as passionately with a full heart. He has made us to pass through the seasons of our lives with His instructions of wisdom and grace, all while He carries us through.
You may be grieving a person, a relationship, a job, a dream—but in all of the loss, God is with you—helping you—as you pass through this season. Remember, even if you can’t see it, you are PASSING THROUGH this season.
Here we are at a season of Thanksgiving and for people who have endured a loss it can be a horrible season to navigate. Questions can plague us like, “How could I ever be thankful for the place I find myself?” But rest assured that God has prepared a place to cry and grieve in the midst of this Thanksgiving season and He is walking with you through it. For that we can be thankful.
If anyone says it is easy to navigate loss, they are lying. It is not easy at all but it is possible to “walk through the valley of the shadow of death” with the One who loves you the most and remain thankful that He is with you, as you cry and as you grieve. Remember, “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” This is a season—and seasons come and seasons go.