Times and Seasons

When I was much younger, my mom used to listen to Cece Winans a lot. Of course, this meant that I came to know most of her songs by heart, and could match her note for note. One Saturday evening, after we’d finished children’s choir practice, one of her songs was playing on the church speakers. And I remember “humble-bragging” to someone that I could match Cece Winans, note for note.

I can’t exactly remember what he said, but he said something along the lines of “that’s because you’re still young. When you grow older, you will no longer be able to.” At the time, I thought he was just being a hater. But he was a dear friend, so I didn’t take it to heart much. Many years down the line now, my testosterone thickened vocal cords have proven him right.

“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.”

(Ecclesiastes 3:1, NLT)

That’s right, everything. Only God has the times and seasons in His hands. He is not bound by time and space. And perhaps that’s why “a thousand years is like a day to Him.” No human being can claim to be transcendent of time. We’re all time-bound. Everything we hope and plan to do is limited by a time frame, beyond which those things can no longer be done.

Those things God has instructed you to do; that new career path you wanted to explore; that skill you wanted to learn; that bold step you wanted to take; time won’t stand still while you flounder in indecision. If God has given you a “go ahead,” trust Him and step out in faith.

“We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work.”

(John 9:4, NLT)

As we live out God’s purpose for our lives, this must be our mindset. A time will come when our bodies will no longer have the strength to, for example, enter the streets to preach the Gospel or enter a studio to sing vigorously.

Now is the time to obey God.


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