By Michelle Taylor
1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which 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 get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 A time to rend, 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 of war, and a time of peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)
When we take the time to look at the world around us, it is clear that there are seasons and cycles, or in other words a natural rhythm to life. We can expect that when we feel a point that is down, the cycle will naturally bring us into an up. Sometimes it doesn’t happen as quickly as we’d like, but when we focus on looking for it, it comes more quickly than we had expected. It is easy to get caught up in the downs or even expect that when there is an up cycle that a down is just right around the corner.
When I was a mom to seven little children under 10, it was easy to think that I would never be able to do anything for myself, let alone get enough sleep at night. As they grew up and learned to care for themselves, I saw how things changed and the time seemed to pass by so quickly. My husband and I were able to go out on dates, getting out of the house went more quickly, I started taking college classes online, and I was able to start doing things that brought me a different sense of accomplishment. We have since added two more little babies, but I have help from older children, and I trust that this time will not last a long time, so I try to enjoy it more.
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