“Everything in life has its own time. There is time to celebrate and there is time to mourn. This is the time for reflection and transformation. Let us look within and change into what we ought to be.” ~ Aaron Saul
When I saw this quote, I immediately thought about two things, the quote from Ecclesiastes (“There is a time for every purpose under heaven”) as well as the song from The Byrds based upon that quote, “Turn, Turn, Turn”. [If I’ve done my job correctly, by now those of you old enough to remember will be singing to yourselves: “To everything (turn, turn, turn), There is a season (turn, turn, turn), And a time to every purpose, under heaven. . .”
Everything has its own time. Everything. There is nothing in the past, present, or future that will never not have its own time. All things have been designed by God and all things have a definitive purpose. Our job is to find out exactly what our purpose is. We can only do that in deep introspection and prayer. It is not likely to jump out at us. It is not likely to be proclaimed loudly by others. It is not likely to be on every billboard between home and work or home and school.
Our purpose in known by God and lovingly revealed to us is we are open to it. If we do not ask, though, we will never find out what God wants of us. One of the invitations of Lent is to spend the time necessary to remove all the clutter from our hearts and souls so that we can see God more clearly. In seeing and hearing Him, we will have a better chance to understand His will.
We have spent a little over two weeks trying to enter the season of Lent in a deeper way than we have done in the past. If we utilize the gift of Lent, we will be more open to hear God’s word and embrace God’s will. We are not even close to doing that yet. Thank God we have more time in Lent. Use the time wisely. Use the time well.
FAITH ACTION: Use today to examine what you still need to do to draw closer to God. Embrace your Lenten resolutions and pray for the grace of endurance.
Reminder: Fridays in Lent are Days of Abstinence