Lenten Devotionals

Thursday, March 7th

Author: Abbey Maynard
Verse: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Everything Has Its Time

3:1 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 throw 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 throw 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.
Reading this scripture always reminds me of how cyclical life can be but how everything has its time and season, and I find this really reassuring. It can be so difficult when we are in the dark moments, the seasons of weeping, mourning, and losing, to continue to have hope. However, this scripture reminds us that the weeping and mourning times are not forever, and the seasons to heal, to laugh, to dance, and to love will come again in their time. In this Lenten season, we see this balance of timing play out as Jesus knew what was coming for him at Passover. We know that the time of mourning is coming as we remember the crucifixion, but the time for rejoicing will follow shortly afterward when we celebrate the resurrection and Jesus' triumph over death. We can hold this as hope in our own lives as well, knowing that even when we are in difficult seasons of our lives, a better season will come in its time.
Lord, as we reflect on this scripture and the different seasons that we see in Jesus's life throughout the gospels, help us to remember that everything comes in its time. Keep us praising you in the seasons of light, and give us hope when the seasons seem dark. Amen.
What season do you think you are in within your own life, and how can you give that to God in praise or in seeking assistance?