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” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 NIV).
Graduation season is upon us. Landmark achievements are noted and celebrated. Years of schooling are recognized. Children grow up—another year older, another grade in school. Whether preschool or college, movement occurs, shifting the structure of our families. Time marches on.
These are bittersweet times, for the growth of children is delightful and full of joy; yet looming ahead is the day when they fly the nest, and then, they’re gone. People who have already raised their families tell younger parents to enjoy these crazy, busy, exhausting days of raising children, for they will fly by. And then, one day we discover that this is true. They do.
This year, we mark a grandchild graduating from high school, another moving up to middle school, one a fledgling newly licensed pilot, and our youngest child marrying then wrapping up her master’s degree. Transitions all. The days did indeed fly by. Yesterday, they were infants in arms. Those were “the good ol’ days.”
Sometimes it’s difficult to recognize “the good ol’ days” when they’re happening. We may be right in the middle of them, even though they feel chaotic and our lives out of kilter.
But isn’t wherever God currently has us beautiful? Aren’t these all “the good ol’ days”?
“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. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God” (Ecclesiastes 3:11-13 NIV).
Each season is beautiful in its time—the raising of children, the launching of children. The joy of laughing with your baby as he/she learns to walk, the delight of smiling into the eyes of your new graduate or your newly married child. All of these moments are beautiful.
And then, the quiet of your home—now empty when once full of noise, chaos, bickering, and soccer balls knocking pictures off walls—leaves you feeling uprooted and not quite sure what to do with yourself next. But, all are beautiful, the noise, the uprooting, and now the quiet as well.
Each occurs during a different season. There is a time for every activity, a season for delighting in our infants, a season for rejoicing with our young adults, a season for two of us alone together, and even the coming season when one may survive the other, leaving one widowed.
Can we rejoice in the season God has given at this moment? Can we delight in what is occurring right now? Can we give thanks whether we’ve been uprooted, or we’ve been planted, whether we celebrate birth or mourn a home-going? Can we bask in the current season? This moment is the time we’ve been given. This, right here, right now, is the gift of God.
None of us can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. It’s often not until it’s all over that we even begin to understand it the slightest bit. In the meantime, the Lord wants us to be happy and to do good while we still have days on this earth. There is nothing better.
Find satisfaction in your hard work. Eat, drink, and give thanks to God for what you have, what you’ve lost, and whatever the future holds. Thank him for who you have with you, who departs, and who has gone on ahead of you. The Lord is with you now and on the other side. Give thanks!
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I’ve been thinking about these very same things. I’m getting older, my kids are getting older, things are changing. One thing in life is certain and that is change. This is why I am so glad that we know the God who never changes !
The fact that the Lord never changes is our only constant. Life is change from birth to grave. This is the only certainty, really. Thanks for commenting, Lisa.
What a great reminder, Melinda. If there were good ole days before, there must be good ole days right now, because I’m sure there are many of the same emotions throughout our days. And, yes, those days do fly by really fast. And now my oldest is about to get engaged. I plan to enjoy my days today and celebrate what God is doing right now.
Such a good attitude, Stephen! Each day is beautiful, with all that it brings and all that it takes away. Those days go so fast, and then, there they are getting engaged and beginning adult lives. God bless your son as he begins his preparation to become a husband.
Time does fly by so quickly. It is hard to believe I am now retired. When the passing of time feels overwhelming, I remember Hebrews 13:8, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.
And, it’s a good thing he is! He never changes, even though we change from day to day and cannot hold back the passage of time. The older we get, the faster it goes! Thanks for commenting, Yvonne!
Melinda, this post brought tears to my eyes. So often I wished I could stop time and just rest in the beautiful. How I treasured raising our children. Yes, it was hectic. Yes, it was a blur, But it was so sweet. Yet, God has more beauty for us to enjoy if we open our eyes to our “good present days”! I love this line: But isn’t wherever God currently has us beautiful? Aren’t these all “the good ol’ days”?
Thank you for helping me remember to treasure the now as much as the then. Bless you, dear sister!
That’s the challenge we all face, not looking back with regret that an especially precious time has passed, but embracing and enjoying the moment God has given us now! Being in the moment and savoring the current beauty allows us to truly see all God is doing now! This, right here, right now, is the gift of God!
Beautiful reminder to embrace what is in front of me right now. I can definitely get distracted by my phone, emails, blogging, and engaging. If I let it consume me, I can miss all of the life around me.
Living in the present, focused on the good in that moment, is a challenge. We can get lost in the what if’s, the if only’s, and the mundane. So true, Brittany!
Hey Melinda, as I said on your tweet, God wants us to rejoice in our current season…to be present in the present. We waste so much time either looking back to what was…the good ole days as you said, or wishing our lives away by looking so far forward to what we want in the future, that we miss today…we miss right now! The moments God has for us in the here and now. Love this, “Can we rejoice in the season God has given at this moment? Can we delight in what is occurring right now?” Yes, we can, and we can ask God to help us!
Thanks for the thoughtful comment, Karen! Rejoicing wherever we are is the daily challenge as believers.
Love this, Melinda. I can rejoice in this season because I know Who sends the seasons. It’s not always easy to remember that every season has a purpose. But experience has taught me that each season also holds a blessing amid that purpose. God bless, my friend.
This is the essential fact to recollect – God manages and sends the seasons! We can trust him!