In the Dr. Seuss Book called ‘Oh the Places you’ll go!’ you read about a young man, whose time it is to go off to ‘great places’.
‘You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers
Who soar to high heights.
You won’t lag behind because you’ll have the speed.
You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you’ll be the best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don’t.
Because sometimes you won’t.
I’m sorry to say so, But sadly its true
That bang-ups and hang-ups can happen to you.
Here Dr. Seuss captures a point in a way only he can, that our experience in this life will be a seasonal experience – it will have the good and the bad, the ups and the downs, the success’ and the failures.
Today in Ecclesiastes 3 1-8 we will look at the Practical, Relational and Emotional Seasons we encounter in this life and ask ourselves how this helps us worship Jesus.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.