This weekend the time will change and prayerfully the times will change with it. That was certainly true in March when we “sprang” our clocks forward. For many of us, our biggest concerns for the following week were a full moon and Friday the 13th. Little did we know that the following week would result in our scrambling to find toilet paper, childcare, and virtually anything that resembled a normal schedule. Who knew that the whole world would be turned upside down by a pandemic, a contentious election year, followed by economic and social unrest? Even though we didn’t know what was in store for us in the following days, God knew! His timing is perfect, even in the midst of uncertain and challenging times. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:4 goes onto say that there is “a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.” In the last several months, we have either learned to be flexible or we find ourselves miserable as our patience and our budgets have all been stretched to the max. Meanwhile, many of us have been asked to cancel vacations, graduations, holidays, and gatherings, including the church, resulting in a time of mourning for all things lost.
We now find ourselves waiting for the Lord to shift our hearts, homes, and our world back to a more “normal” time, so that we can laugh and dance as we once did. If you are like me, these challenging times have caused you to slow down and reflect on life and your purpose in living it. Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 says, “I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil-this is the gift of God.” God doesn’t promise the absence of troubling times, but rather he promises his presence amid them. In Romans 8:28 God promises “to work them out for our good and His glory.” What if we look to the Lord for the answers to our problems and seek his face in everything we do? Then, he will heal our hearts and our land. What if, when we set our clocks back, the Lord sets our hearts back in sync with His perfect will for our lives? That’s something to “fall” back on!
By Kelly Lester