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To every thing there is a season ...

To every thing there is a season ...

- Ecclesiastes 3:1

"It seems like things are finally coming together," Willie said last night. 

As I've shared, a lot, over the last month or so, it has been a bit of a struggle in our house lately! The girls have been sick or not sleeping for weeks. At the same time our washer AND dryer began going out. Willie decided to sell his truck and has set countless meetings with people who often don't show up. (And let's be honest – selling a vehicle is stressful!) 

Each of these is a first world problem for sure, but when you aren't sleeping and it seems like nothing is going right, it can be overwhelming. 

On Sunday, we bought a washer & dryer. On Monday, the girls slept through the night for the first time in weeks! On Tuesday, Willie finally made a deal on his truck. This week has felt like a giant deep breath out, exhaling so much stress and exhaustion. 

In my first church, I remember when we were planning for a Stewardship Campaign, our music director said to me, "I think we all go through seasons in life. And it is important to remember as we ask people to give their time and money, that we may not know what season they are currently in. There may be reasons they can't give a lot right now, and they may give more later." 

Seasons... I thought a lot about that. I've never forgotten it. And the older I get, the more true it becomes. That wisdom runs deeper than just thinking about a Stewardship Campaign. It is true of every day. We encounter people, and we don't know exactly what season they are in. For some, it is obvious. When someone they love dies or a baby is born, we know they need extra care. But for most, we don't really know what they are going through. 

Maybe that is reason to treat one another a little more gently. To offer our friends, and maybe even our enemies, the benefit of the doubt.  

Praying with you in whatever season you may find yourself in


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