Thursday, January 8, 2015

A Time For...

I revealed on my first post that my one little word for 2015 is TURN, and it was the inspiration behind this space for my journey.  

When I think about the word turn, I start singing the song, "Turn, Turn, Turn" by The Birds. Although this song was written during the time of the Vietnam War and was a controversial song, the lyrics come from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NRSV)

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 throw 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 throw 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.

These verses remind me that there is a time for everything.

God's time.  

We don't always agree with His timing, but His timing is perfect.

Prayer is often about timing.  Many times when we ask for something, prayer becomes cyclical.

We ask, 
we wait, 
we ask again, 
we don't get an answer, 
we stop
we start over

Waiting is hard. When we don't get answers quickly, or we don't receive the answers we want, we wonder

Life is full of ups and downs and yes, times to weep and laugh, and mourn and dance, and embrace.

There is also a time to ask, and a time to wait, and a time to listen.

Because God answers, He always answers.

In His perfect time.


  1. I had a talk (counsel) with a priest a long time ago at a crossroads in my life, and he talked about God's time. I've held on to that thought especially when I want change in a hurry. Some things are worth the wait. Waiting takes focus and leads to hope.

  2. Sigh...timing...I totally get this!! Love the lyrics to the song. I am creating a playlist of songs for my OLW. :)