Monday, May 3, 2010

To Everything There Is a Season

Every April the pink dogwoods in our front yard delight us with their prolific blooms! The whole process takes about a month--
barren branches develop hundreds of tight orbs
which gradually swell and open 
to reveal deep red blossoms 
that slowly fade to light pink 
before drifting lazily to the green lawn below.

This lavish display coincides with the flowering red and orange azaleas along the driveway! Our yard is a riot of color, testament to God's artistry. And then it is gone--leaving us to anticipate the annual event eleven months hence.

I love the seasons--from spring flowers to summer vegetables to autumn leaves. Even the drab gray of winter has its purpose. As the Scriptures say:

"There is a time for everything,
and 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 uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace."
~Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

There's an ebb and flow to life as we pass through the seasons. Are you struggling through a difficult season at the moment? Be assured, it will run its course. Your weeping will give way to laughter. 

"Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning" (Psalm 30:5).

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