There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth:
A right time for birth and another for death,
A right time to plant and another to reap,
A right time to kill and another to heal,
A right time to destroy and another to construct,
A right time to cry and another to laugh,
A right time to lament and another to cheer,
A right time to make love and another to abstain,
A right time to embrace and another to part,
A right time to search and another to count your losses,
A right time to hold on and another to let go,
A right time to rip out and another to mend,
A right time to shut up and another to speak up,
A right time to love and another to hate,
A right time to wage war and another to make peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Message Paraphrase
This scripture is often overused in the "how does scripture fit into my life?" context, and overlooked as a whole and the words it is padded between. A text written to bring immediate awareness and urgency to living with eternal purpose, among other sub-themes.
Written by the wealthiest King and person alive to date, it is sourced from the well of wisdom that is tapped in the real life experience and surroundings of a very literal, "all that money can buy."
Today is the Autumn Equinox, a literal shift in seasons, and there is a certain sense that I am on the tail end of a season familiar to the Ecclesiastes 3 black and white type rhythm. The past few months have been a deep exhale in walking through the deaths of both my Grandpas, the births of my little girl and a new nephew, the end of friendships because of circumstances of embarrassment and pride, the forging of new friendships built around dinner tables and chocolate chip cookies, and a handful of other beginnings and ends.
And in it all, there has developed a grit to come forth as gratitude. Gratitude that God Almighty Himself chose to fill the transcript of a King with these words. Words developed inside of a man whose lifestyle could be interpreted and taken as a "yeah, but he has it ALL," ignorance without this recording. A call to remembrance that He Himself is the gold in it all, that Kingdom urgency is real, and that partnering with God in the renewal of all things is literally the only breath of meaning inside us. A choice to inhale the beauty in the midst of pain, mess, chaos, and life's inevitable ups and downs.
In a new season both externally and internally, it is my prayer that the opportune time for every happening, day in and day out, take their place in a way that calls down Heaven and advances the Gospel message a bit further in the lives that surround me. That endings are taken with as much joy and new beginnings, simply because I know eternity is written deep inside of it all, and therein lies a hope and purpose so great we understand but a fraction of it all. May it be my season now and always, and may it be so for you as well.
*And because I'm a sucker for a good visual reminder, below is a tutorial for a dried orange fall garland to hang up in your home, the space you begin and end all your days inside. I hope that when you see it, you are reminded that in all seasons: the good, the difficult, the healthy, the sick, the ones full of wealth, and the ones that are made up of little, He is the gold in it all. Breathe Him in a bit deeper, let His purpose and gold settle as truth a bit deeper.
Dried Orange Garland
- oranges (you choose how many!)
- needle + thread
- baking sheet
- parchment paper
- any extra fun fall finds you like
- preheat oven to 250 F
- slice oranges 1/4 inch thick
- pat dry liquid from oranges
- line a sheet with parchment paper and lay out orange slices so that they don't overlap
- bake for three hours, flipping at the 1.5 hour mark
- thread with any extra fall finds you want to add
- (^Target craft section for the leaves we used in ours)