Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: 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 from embracing, 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.
When your mascara gets too old, you can tell, right? It gets dry and kind of flakey, and it definitely doesn’t help your lashes one bit! That’s the time to throw it away and grab yourself a new one. If you were to continue using it, you’d run the risk of spreading harmful bacteria that can really do some damage to your eyes. It’s not worth it to hold onto something that isn’t working anymore and holds the potential to harm you, so you toss out the old mascara.
Often in life, we can forget that things have an expiration date. Not just material things. People we meet may only be involved in our lives for a short time before they move on. Negative experiences may only be around long enough for us to learn a lesson from them; even if it’s only to learn to rely on God more. Life is made of ups and downs, and each one of them has a specific reason and a specific season. God knows that some of them will be hard for you, but He also knows that He created you strong enough to move through those seasons. Then you’ll bask in the joy of the sunny days that will follow!
If everything were to stay the same all the time, there would be no opportunities for us to learn, or to grow, or encourage others to do the same. Remembering that everything happens in its own time - and lasts for its own time – often makes it easier to accept that the most trying situations won’t be around forever. Soon it will be time to toss them away like that old tube of mascara!
Focus word of the week: TRUST - Focus on trusting that God has put things, people, and situations in our lives for a reason, even when we feel they're gone too soon or dragging on too long.
A Step Further: Try to think of three things that have been in your life for a "season". Did you learn or grow from them? If so, how?