This week in continuing to scroll VI I found myself thinking about a passage from scripture that also talks about different seasons of life similarly to the scroll.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter 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 seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-13 ESV
What I found myself thinking of the value of mastering my emotions in all aspects of life. Because truly a person reveals their character most clearly in their most difficult challenges. This inspires me to be better!
This past week one of my dear friends lost a family member – my heart ached for her but everything I saw her share and say gave tribute to the beautiful blessing he had been during his life. This has been inspiring to me!
March 9th, 2002 my sister died, that was a very difficult time for our family – realizing that God has a purpose for everything under the sun even if we don’t always realized is such a beautiful gift that He’s given us. Knowing during a difficult time that God’s plan is bigger then my own and that He is in control from the end to the beginning is one of the ways that I’ve been able to master my emotions during difficult times in my life. Now, I’m thankful because if Esther had lived my parents might not have felt like something was missing and had my youngest sister who I love dearly.
In closing I want to share a promise that has been of great comfort to me over the last 15 years concerning my sister.
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 KJV