You cannot step twice into the same river.
Once in my life I think I tried to read the bible from cover to cover. I don’t believe that I quite made it, and that is perhaps a goal for another season.
Listening to Pete Seeger’s Turn! Turn! Turn! I started to realize how much wisdom there is in the great book. Now you don’t have to even be Christian to see the nuggets that are there. Seeger’s take on those words from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 highlight the wisdom to be found.
It starts with the title to this post. “To every thing there is a season,”. But what comes after that and still in the first verse adds the richness about which I want to share with you today. “…,and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”
So often we get caught up in the busy-ness of life. The hustle and bustle and the kerfuffle, that we come to the unreasonable idea that we are in full control of our living. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Just today I was at the supermarket to pick up a few things for my wife. This was supposed to be easy, quick and breezy, but alas, it was the season for emptiness and weariness. Most of what I was looking for I couldn’t find, and the few items I wanted to buy held my up in line for much longer than you would have expected.
A season for practicing patience. An opportunity to reflect on the self and how very little control I felt in this one brief moment on my journey to the door.
It was humbling but also empowering. If there is a season to every thing, a time to mourn and a time to dance, then that meant that none of this is permanent. And isn’t that the truth. From just this fleeting moment that time to mourn is behind me and perhaps the time to dance is at hand.
I left lighter and with a spring in my step, contemplating the joy of just living. The freedom of stepping into the river of life and letting it float your boat to whatever shores you stop at. Like a child, I felt alive at the potentiality that my life is not solely my own responsibility. But that the great spirit or intelligent universe provides the means by which my potential can be achieved. Tis’ not all on our own heads.