At what point does the present become the past? At what point does something that means so much to you become a part of your history and no longer a part of your future? At what point do you stop holding on and begin letting go?
The Lord says that everything has a season…
“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.”
– Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NIV
But how do we know when the time or the season has come to an end?
Some things are abundantly clear – we know when it’s time to be born, and when it’s time to die. We know when it’s time to mourn. We know when it’s time to love.
Other things are not so clear: how do we know when to uproot and walk away from something that is good and positive? How do we know when to let go of the thread to which we are holding and give up? How do we know when to throw away, or at least put behind us, programs that have been instrumental in our spiritual growth? How do we know when to mend, or when to build something new?
Life is full of seasons and they all have different lengths. If only life were like the weather: Summer begins in June, Fall in September, Winter in December and Spring in March. As one season ends, another begins.
The seasons of life can be long or short, sweet or bitter, easy or difficult, binding or freeing; they may overlap. We may be anxious for some seasons to end and we may want to hold on to other seasons until our final breath.
If we cling too tightly to the current season of life, maybe we’re not clinging to God as we should. If we cling to God, He will walk us from one season into the next. If we embrace each season of life as a season of preparation for the next season perhaps they wouldn’t be so difficult to leave behind.
Could the tell tale sign that it’s time to let go be that we fight to hold on; that we bargain with God even though we know God would have us uproot and walk toward the next thing? It requires trust to let go of what is familiar and walk into the unknown.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” – Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
God is completely trustworthy. Is there a season of your life that is ending? Will you trust God’s timing, direction, and guidance, and walk with confidence into the next season He has prepared for you; and for which you have been prepared.