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.
A few weeks ago, I had this feeling of the beginning of the end of a phase in my life- a phase I don’t want to end. Recent events have me coming back to this and wondering; maybe it’s time to end it. I generally don’t remember bible verses, but for some weird reason, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 came to mind. Ecclesiastes is a book of the bible I dislike, mainly because it makes you question why we bother to work or be comfortable when everything is pointless. Chapter one of Ecclesiastes says, “ everything is meaningless” lool. But yeah, Chapter 3 verses 1-8 are basically what I hold on to as I navigate this phase of my life.
There is a time for everything, a time to start and a time to end: a time to love and say goodbye (hate is such extreme). As I look back on my life, I realise that everything has been in seasons or phases. I had the stage where I had to go for my first degree, came back to Nigeria for NYSC, even went through the phase of joblessness, a phase of having a job, going for my masters- grateful this phase is about to end, and now, I am excited to start another phase of life.
Sometimes we are stuck in a comfortable phase that doesn’t serve us anymore and are too scared to leave. I remember how frightened I was to apply for my masters because it meant leaving my family. But it was time to go- a time for me to build somewhere else. I have had a couple of rough days, and while I want to hold on to the familiar and the wonderful ( because it is beautiful), I feel it might be time to let go. Am I happy with letting go? Of course, Not! But, everything has its time, and as Ecclesiastes says, it is time to give up and probably time to heal.
So, what phase are you in? What time is it? Are you scared of the season and the decisions you have to make? Remember, it’s time. Holding on when you should be letting go only stops you from receiving and experiencing the season you should be going into. Let Ecclesiastes lead you into living a simple life because I have realised some things are just simple.
Thank you so much Nk for this. My number 1 contributor to my blog. God bless you.