June 5, 2009 "Seasons"

Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
By: Teresa Criswell

"To everything there is a season, and
a time for every matter or purpose under heaven:
A time to be born and
a time to die,
A time to plant and
a time to pluck up what is planted,
A time to kill and
a time to heal,
A time to break down and
a time to build up,
A time to weep and
a time to laugh,
A time to mourn and
a time to dance,
A time to cast away stones and
a time to gather stones together,
a time to embrace and
a time to refrain from embracing,
A time to get and
a time to lose,
a time to to keep and
a time to cast away,
A time to rend and
a time to sew,
a time to keep silence and
a time to speak,
A time to hate,
a time of war and
a time for peace.
What profit remains for the worker from his toil? I have seen the painful labor and exertion and miserable business which God has given to the son of men with which to exercise and busy themselves. HE has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also planted eternity in men's hearts and minds [a divinely planted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but GOD alone can satisfy] yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end..."
~ Ecclesiastes 3 ~

As I embraced my daughter as she wept for the end of her third grade year; it finally phased her that today was her last day. She said with crying hiccups and tears streaming down her beautiful face, "Mom third grade was the best year of my life. I remember my first day when we were little and now we've gotten older. Mom, I'm not going to see Mrs. Masi as my teacher every day in fourth grade. What about the visulazations? What if my fourth grade teacher doesn't do the visualizations? Mom, please do the visualizations with me." She continued crying as I continued to embrace her.

It brings me to the scripture written so eloquently by King Solomon. Our daughter's third grade year is wrapping up today. This season of her life is over. I started to think about the patterns in her behavior when something has ended. She does not like it at all. Well, come to think of it, when something is great, I don't like it to end either.

The beautiful reminder in which God has placed eternity in our hearts and minds, I can see how when things 'end' it is difficult. For God is eternal. There is no end to Him. He is the 'Beginning and the End' (Revelation1:8 21:6, & 22:13). This morning to even write that brings me to the 'vanishing point' of my thought process in trying to grasp such a thing.

I want to be mindful of the eternal things. I want to be mindful of the things I am called to do for God's purpose as those things will not end. Those treasures and seasons of life that I cherish here on earth will one day be 'moth eaten', become rusty and fade away.

Experiencing a chapter in our life of beginning or ending, whether it be with a job, seeing your child graduate, or you may even be graduating, maybe you have had to say, "Goodbye" to someone who has sadly died or you may have welcomed a new life into the world, whatever the situation; may we constantly look to the One who is the 'Beginning and the End' (Revelation 1:8, 21:6, & 22:13). He is our Hope as there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 3:15).

I want to hold fast onto His Eternal Purpose and let go of my own.


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