|To everything there is a season,|
a time for every purpose under
heaven (Ecc. 3:1)
It made me think about the seasons in a human's life. You know God is so thoughtful and orderly. He designed each one of us with a specific purpose and time frame to fulfill His plan. Furthermore, He did it with such wisdom and loving care.
Each season of life is unique with a special beauty about it. Within its intricacies and limitations, it develops and matures us for leaving one and gracefully entering the next one. However, we tend to miss the glory of God's handiwork by either rushing into one season too soon or lingering longer than we should in another!
Read this familiar passage from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8:
There are 28 different seasons illustrated in this text! More than enough to capture the essence of our human existence. But in our foolish vanity we refuse to embrace the normal ebb and flow of each season and its valuable lessons opting instead to manipulate them for our own selfish desires.
It saddens me to see adult women in one season trying too hard to fit into a season they left long ago.
I'm all for personal expression at any age. And there's something quite inspirational about a man or woman who stays active and vibrant as they age. But this does not mean that every fashion trend is appropriate for you. You don't have to dress down or dowdy to be attractive but as an older woman once told me; just because you can get in it....doesn't mean you should wear it!
Men too, suffer from this cultural phenomenon. We've all seen the jet black hair and the gray mustaches that don't match. Shirts opened to the navel with gold chains over salt and pepper chest hairs. Speedos at the swimming pool barely visible under pot bellies and ads for pills promising more stamina and virility. No one it seems is content with being who they are and the consumer industry is making big bucks off of it all!
Staying seasonally appropriate has benefits with long range effects we might not have thought about. It teaches the following generations how to transcend the ravages of aging in an emotionally healthy and spiritual way. Robbed of the season of innocence, our children are sexualized early, their minds focused on adult things. This makes it difficult for parents to train and mold them into the moral, productive individual God desires (Proverbs 22:6) .
Even if we're blessed to get them through the adolescent and teen seasons, there is a tendency for them to languish there. They do not want to take on the accountability and responsibilities of the adult season and become independent. Think about it! Why should they? They now have parents who have become adult playmates with lots of money!
America has a long way to go in the respect they show seasoned adults! Perhaps if we caught up with other countries, we wouldn't find it so hard to embrace our seasons: In Asian countries like China, Japan, and Korea to get older is to be revered, respected, and to become an honored member of the family and society. In fact, in China the elderly can sue their children for financial and emotional support. In Scotland older citizens are sought after mentors, and founts of wisdom. They are influential and do not have to fight to be heard. Regardless, the greatest motivation one can have to appreciate the gift of years is to remember that if you're not satisfied with the season you're in, God's love is big enough and long enough to follow you into the next one. You'll always have a place and a plan in His kingdom!
UNTIL NEXT TIME...
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