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When God Says It's Time

There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven.

Ecclesiastes 3:1


“Is it time yet?”


Sound familiar? We've heard it from restless children who start the persistent inquiry as soon as we’ve pulled out of the driveway—miles and days ahead of the intended destination.


We've asked it of others, and we've asked it of God.


I have a prison pen pal who has frequently asked God to bring about the time of his release. I’ve joined him in that request. “Lord, when will you free him to return to his family?”


And because God said it’s time for my husband and I to return to our family, we're preparing to leave western North Carolina to move back to the Great State.


With this transition ahead of us, the Lord has held my attention on Ecclesiastes 3 that contains all the infamous “times”, such as:


A time to be born and a time to die, A time to plant and a time to uproot ...

A time to weep and a time to laugh. (vs 2, 4)

We are currently engulfed by boxes, packing paper, unwanted furniture, and donation piles, which means there’s a time to keep and a time to throw away. (vs 6)


There’s so much tension between these two opposing times in our lives, isn’t there?


I find myself looking ahead to the positive side of these poignant time pairings, wondering when I’ll get to the easier-to-bear stuff like healing, building, laughing, dancing, mending.


Peace.


But when we're focused on the destination rather than the journey, it prolongs the difficulty of waiting for the reward on the other side of it, and we miss the fullness of and purpose for the time we're currently in.


No matter what time God has us in right now—whether it’s a joyful, frightening, or downright difficult—we can hold fast to the promise that he’s made everything beautiful in its time (vs 11) He calls us to create lasting beauty where we are and to seek his face in every season and in the move from one “time” to the next.


Points to Ponder

✶ Based on Ecclesiastes 3, what season of time are you currently in?

✶ When has God made it clear that it was time for you to move from one season to the next season?

✶What did the transition cost you and what did you learn from it??


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4 Comments


Katherine Pasour
Katherine Pasour
7 days ago

Best wishes in your new adventure, Mary--going back to your roots. May you find joy and blessings (and lots of time to write!)

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Mary A. Felkins
Mary A. Felkins
a day ago
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I am grateful to be back and keenly aware of the work ahead. Grateful you were part of my time in NC! Blessings to you, new bride :)

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Patti Jo Moore
Patti Jo Moore
May 15

Praying that your move will go smoothly, Mary, and you'll make many happy memories in your new home. Change can seem hard, but what a blessing we have our Lord to lean on!


Thank you for sharing this Scripture and update with us.


Blessings, Patti Jo

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Mary A. Felkins
Mary A. Felkins
a day ago
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Thanks for the prayers and kind words, Patti Jo. We are making steady, slow progress on finding what's what around here ... things surfacing in boxes in God's good time! Grateful to be back home. There's kingdom work to be done!

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