Sometimes I honestly glaze over the fact that God's word is living and active. Given to us for encouragement, teaching, rebuking, wisdom.
I've been reading through Ecclesiastes and found this bit of encouragement for my tired, stressed out soul.....
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven.
(even the activity of packing and moving and unpacking)
A time to be born, a time to die
(all my babes have been born in this house, making it a home~now it is time to move that home to another house)
A time to plant and a time to harvest
(we've planted our lives and memories here, in this humble little home and now it's time to take what we've grown and move on)
A time to kill and a time to kill
(well, we do have weeds to kill before we try and sell this place!)
A time to tear down and a time to rebuild
(removing photos from walls, taking apart furniture, to be re-placed and built again in a new home)
A time to cry and a time to laugh
(very vivid memories of both of these...both crying and rejoicing over moving our home and life)
A time to grieve and a time to dance
(parts of us are very sad to leave our first home together and the memories we've made here, but we are dancing for joy at the new memories we'll make in our new home)
A time to scatter stones and gather stones together
(we've spread out in this house filling every available space, now we gather our things and head on to scatter again)
A time to embrace and a time to turn away
(we are now embracing a new life, a new town and new memories and turning away from this past)
A time to search and a time to lose, a time to keep and a time to throw away
(okay I had to laugh at this one.....we are in the process of throwing away and donating a LOT of stuff right now!)
A time to tear down and a time to mend
(again we are "tearing down" the way we've done things/stored things etc in this house only to mend and fix in the next!)
A time to be quiet and a time to speak up
A time for love and a time to hate
(let me just say I have formed a love/hate relationship with moving and have a whole new appreciation for those in the military!!)
A time for war and a time for peace.
I realize this is not what Solomon had in mind when he penned these popular words. But they were so comforting to me when reading this and comparing them to the events going on in our lives right now.....God is so good!