A time for everything, always time for Jesus

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

There is a season for everything, a time for every occupation under heaven:
A time for giving birth,
a time for dying;
a time for planting,
a time for uprooting what has been planted.

A time for killing,
a time for healing;
a time for knocking down,
a time for building.
A time for tears,
a time for laughter;
a time for mourning,
a time for dancing.
A time for throwing stones away,
a time for gathering them up;
a time for embracing,
a time to refrain from embracing.
A time for searching,
a time for losing;
a time for keeping,
a time for throwing away.
A time for tearing,
a time for sewing;
a time for keeping silent,
a time for speaking.
A time for loving,
a time for hating;
a time for war,
a time for peace.

Scripture: The words that spoke to me today are

There is a season for everything, a time for every occupation under heaven:
All that he does is apt for its time;

Observation: A time for everything, always time for Jesus

All human experiences are appropriate at its given time and place. All the emotions that we have during these moments are the most human things that we have been gifted with and no emotion is a bad thing including love and hate. I feel that the important thing is to recognize that they are all gifts, a way in which we can encounter Gods presence, love, guidance and an opportunity to be drawn closer to him. Everything we encounter has a reason, a message, a learning opportunity, a moment that we can either chose to turn to or from Jesus. There is time for everything and always time for Jesus.

Application:

This is not the first and probably not the last time that I get a reminder to turn in to the presence of Jesus within all areas of my life. The tension between doing and experiencing life by my own strength or doing it with the presence of Jesus is a continuing one. I have been going through a number of things over the last couple of weeks where at times I turn to Jesus then I turn away and either abrogate my responsibility to take action or just forget that Jesus is amongst it all. My reminder to turn back to him and do it with him has come today in this reading. I started this journey with him and now I need to finish it with him. So today I invite him back in to the mix, place myself back in to his presence and continue to see if he will provide me with the wisdom of heart through all my human experiences. Today I ask him to guide me in my work vocation, be ok with what ever he wants, take out my own desires and submit to his will.

Prayer:

Lord,
Thank you for yet again another reminder not to forget that you want to be involved in every area of my life.
That your involvement is going to better than whatever I can conjure up by myself.
That life without you is empty and unfulfilling.
That every emotion I experience is an opportunity to be in your presence and learn from your heart.
Thank you so much Jesus.
Amen