“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (KJV)
When storms come in our lives, times can change very quickly. Harvey and Irma have affected millions of lives and will continue to for some time. We cannot comprehend the magnitude of damage and loss. Just looking at the mess in my own yard – trees down, limbs everywhere, and fences to be mended – is overwhelming. Yet it is nothing compared to what so many others have lost.
Tragedy and loss come in many forms. We may not give them a name as we do our tropical storms, but the effect on an individual level can be severe. As we have experienced with these hurricanes, our lives can be brought to a standstill when the unexpected happens.
Whether you have been in the paths of these storms or not, this is a good time to evaluate where you are and what resources you have available to plant and build. This is a good time to take a fresh look at where you want to be in 1,3,5,20 years and to plan for better days ahead.
I pray whatever you may be facing in your life, that you realize your life has purpose and this is your time given to you by our all-knowing, all-powerful, loving Creator. We have seasons, and in those will be both good and bad times, but when asked “What time is it?” remember this is your time, your season. A new day is dawning: a time to plant, a time to heal, a time to gather, a time to embrace, a time to get, a time to sew, a time to love, a time of peace.