I’m not much of a bible thumper – or reader for that matter, but I attended two funerals in the past month. I heard this bible verse at one of them:
There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to rebuild. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to lose. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak up. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace. (Ecclesiastics 3:1-8 NLT)
The pastor at my boss’ wife’s funeral repeated this line several times (the other funeral was for my trainer’s father): “Ready or not, death will come.” We know that – but we don’t ponder death much unless we lose someone we know, or illness falls upon us or a love one, or we hear of a freak accident, etc. Outside of that, we tend to think we have time.
I offer no flowery anecdotes about the knowns (inevitable death) or the unknowns (circumstances – what, when, how, etc.), but I will say that in this moment – in this season, regardless of whatever challenges we face, we can appreciate opportunities to–
Plant fruitful seeds.
Heal and rebuild.
Laugh, dance, and scatter stones.
Embrace the journey.