…for everything under heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. Regardless of how you roll religiously, almost everyone knows this verse, “A time to live and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot…” and so on. This has been on my heart lately b/c there are a lot of things I haven’t been digging so much about my life lately. Obviously, the illness and very recent death of my mother was awful. The 102 degree fevers my entire family rocked a few days after the service and concurrent burst water main in our front yard (for the second time in 9 months) left me dreaming of more strength, sanity and peace in a major way. So what’s the deal? Maybe now just isn’t “my time”. Maybe next week/month/year will be, maybe it won’t. A lesson my family has learned and learned hard is that you CAN’T TAKE ANYTHING FOR GRANTED. This includes your children having a grandmother as they grow up, running water in you house when both kids are vomiting for 3 days, the brand-new coffeemaker not breaking down (yes, ask me how chipper I was the morning I discovered this), and consistent working phone service in 2012. Anyway, if I, in my infinite 32 yr. old wisdom, had to write my own version of this verse, I think it would go something like this:
There is a time to wake up every morning and brush your teeth and there is a time to just praise God if you are able to change your socks once a week.
There is a time to workout and have a rock-solid body and there is a time when, well, you’re just going to look more like a boulder.
There is a time to loathe your 10 yr. plus old furniture and just embrace the back pain it induces and there is a time to feel like a queen in your new chair purchased over the weekend (oh, yes, this Mom of the Year now has a veritable throne)
There is a time for rejoicing with a positive pregnancy test and time to panic when your period is a week late.
There is a time to fantasize about a more put-together life and a time to just roll around on the floor with the kids and the crumbs and give up.
There is a time to consider putting your 8 yr. old dog on prescription anti-anxiety medication and a time to gleefully run out and adopt a new puppy.
There is a time to despise seeing the same Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode for the 116th time and a time to secretly watch Phineas and Ferb (oh my, is this a witty show or what?) when your children are asleep.
There is a time to get what God is doing in your life and feel great about it and there is a time when you just blindly, faithfully do whatever is in front of you…
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