When it comes to music, I am a true 80s Baby. I love anything and everything written and sung by Bono and U2. In my older age, I’ve found a greater admiration for this band beyond their beats and melodies because I can now recognize the representation of their faith throughout their music. It’s a beautiful added bonus that my young ears didn’t yet have the experience to comprehend.
As far as the depth of my level of Music Appreciation goes, I’m not that deep – so you only want me on your Sing It Back team for songs post 1985. But I am a little familiar with music sung before my time. And I am absolutely certain that I sang the lyrics to The Byrds’ Turn! Turn! Turn! long before I ever read King Solomon’s lamentations in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. I knew that Pete Seegel’s words were Truth before I ever saw confirmation biblically.
“To everything… there is a season … and a time to every purpose, under Heaven.”
Not only does our world turn to a rhythm of atmospheric variations in temperature, ecological changes to our landscapes, and shifts in our availability of daylight – but so many times of our lives can be deemed Seasonal. “Tis the season” can apply to college football and baseball, hurricanes and hunting, weddings and funerals, flip flops and sweaters … or simply, the highs and the lows.
At 31 years old I recall sitting down to write my mother and sister “Thank You” notes. I had just gone through what I could only describe as my “Hardest Season of Life, Ever” (to that date anyway). I wanted to put down in words my appreciation for each of them, and how I felt about the way they carried me through that time. I remember a relief rushing over me as I finished up penning my thoughts. And then, almost simultaneously, the realization came that a “Hard Time” is not a One-and-Done deal. There would be many other instances and circumstances to come where I would need both of them, the wisdom I acquired and the faith I gained in that particular period of time.
I venture to say that you’ve most likely heard a grandmother utter the words “This too shall pass”. Honestly I’ve always attached that adage as applicable only to woeful situations which requires one to grit their teeth and bear with whatever life storm is ensuing at that “moment”. But I now know that it also applies to the sweet times. The ones you wish to hold on to forever and never let go. The ones you recount with a smile on your face.
Not too long after my epiphany about Life, my husband and I were in my obstetrician’s office having a routine scan of our “surprise” third pregnancy. After about 10 long minutes of vigorous keyboard bashing, Mrs. Veteran & Stone-faced Ultrasound Technician, as she turned the screen towards Brett and I, very nonchalantly announced to us “First things first. There are two.”
As he quickly rose to his feet, “Two what?” was Brett’s response - while mine was pure shock coupled with unbridled and never-ending nervous laughter. Over nine years later, the story we tell of the day we found out we were having twins is filled with pure joy in our hearts and awe in our spirits, even though in that very moment “absolutely stunned” would be have been the best description for our emotions.
Both of these times have reminded me to trust Him and His plan; to know that He has placed people and circumstances in our lives that mold us and shape our faith, to remind us of His love, and to never cease to be Amazed by Him.
This life that we are all universally living has its many seasons. What season are you in right now?
Is it one that requires endurance and perseverance (James 1:2-4 MSG):
Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.
Or are you in a place of needing to savor and revel in His goodness (James 1:17 MSG):
So, my very dear friends, don’t get thrown off course. Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle. He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures.