Time to…return to school…. return to work….to ?

By | 14th September 2020

I wonder how recent days have been for you with the return to school of our children and young people and the commencement of further education for others. Are you part of the group who have been encouraged back to work in your workplace rather than remotely? Or are you still at home working or retired and noticing the time for change in the seasons? If you are as old as me you may well remember the 60’s song by “The Byrds”,” to everything turn, turn, turn there is a season turn, turn, turn and a time for every purpose under heaven!!!” Well there is a time for everything and if you are interested these words come from Ecclesiastes 3:1-11(below).

As Christians, we believe God appoints the times and seasons. God is in control and has a purpose in what He does, even if at times we find it hard to understand. We live in a world of change, but God is in control and as Summertime changes to Autumn, we can be sure the timing is in God’s hands. In all this change, God does not change – He is timeless and is “the same yesterday, and today, and forever!” Hebrews 13:8. From Ecclesiastes 3:11, we know that God has set everything for its time, and so its important that we make the most of this time and enjoy it – whether at school, work, home or wherever we may be. God has made everything beautiful in its time. Everything has its purpose! We may need to wait with patience to understand the full purpose of God’s timing, as what we see now is the middle of God’s work, not the end.

We pray God would bless your time with Him; with your family and friends; in your school or work and wherever you may be. If you have time, read these words.

A Time for Everything Ecclesiastes 3 v1-11 NIV“There is a time for everything,  and a season for every activity under the heavens:  a time to be born and a time to die,  a time to plant and a time to uproot,  a time to kill and a time to heal,  a time to tear down and a time to build,  a time to weep and a time to laugh,  a time to mourn and a time to dance,  a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,   a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,  a time to search and a time to give up,  a time to keep and a time to throw away,  a time to tear and a time to mend,   a time to be silent and a time to speak,  a time to love and a time to hate,  a time for war and a time for peace.  What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

Hilary Hills

Assistant Chaplain at The Living Well