The writer of Ecclesiastes made some rather astute observations about life. Some of them will ring familiar, but as you go through them...I encourage you to read slowly and identify which ones apply to your current circumstances:
There is an occasion for everything,
and a time for every activity under heaven:
a time to give birth 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 throw stones and a time to gather stones;
a time to embrace and a time to avoid embracing;
a time to search and a time to count as lost;
a time to keep and a time to throw away;
a time to tear and a time to sew;
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.
My favorite line out of the list is a time to throw stones and a time to gather stones. As much fun as it is to go throw rocks sometimes...this dichotomy likely refers to the ancient custom of destroying a farmer's field by throwing many stones on it, whereas the gathering of stones describes the clearing of stones from a field to get it ready to plant.
There are many seasons to a life, and we spend most of our time living in between the polar opposites listed above. I've been kicking the idea around for a while, and I think it's time for me to take a short break from writing. I did this in August last year, and it was a good respite for me and my family.
I'm going to take three weeks to rest, study, and lean into God. I want to gather stones so I can be prepared for future growth. Let's just say...it's time.
See you September 14th.