PurposeI remember when the song “Turn, Turn, Turn” by The Byrds was popular.  It was one of my favorite songs.   I would listen to it and sing it repeatedly because I liked the music and the words made perfect sense to me.  Of course, back then I had no idea the words were taken directly from scripture.  Sadly, I admit that back then I wasn’t that familiar with scripture.  Later in life when I began my faith journey, a relative and spiritual mentor told me I should study the Book of Ecclesiastes.  “It’s the book of life,” she would say.  I laugh at myself now when I recall my excitement over discovering that the words to one of my favorite songs were in the Bible!

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.  (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJ) I have come to accept and appreciate that everything does indeed have a season and a purpose.  Seasons prepare us for the next thing God has planned for us.  One common season we experience are high school years.  After four years we begin a new season either by going to college or starting a new job.  Another season may be marriage after years of being single.  For me, my greatest seasons have been during times of simply waiting – waiting to see what would be next in God’s plan for me.  God certainly has taught me much about waiting.  The best part about waiting is watching God’s plan unfold.  After a period of being still and listening for God’s direction, small but significant things begin to happen.  Then they begin to make more sense, and the reason these little things happened become clearer.  The grand finale is when God whispers to my heart and tells me it’s time – time to follow His leading, take the next step, and start a new season.

There is no set time for how long a season will last.  Some of my seasons lasted for many years; some just a few weeks.  The end of a season may be a welcomed change; sometimes it is bittersweet.  But the new season, when it comes from God and in His time, will be worth the wait.  He has made everything beautiful in its time…no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NKJ)