Seasons Of Ups And Downs

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance. —Ecclesiastes 3:4

Most of us would agree that life has its ups and downs. Wise King Solomon believed this and reflected on our responses to fluctuating circumstances. In Ecclesiastes, he wrote: “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: . . . a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance” (3:1-4).

Solomon’s father, David, was called “a man after [God’s] own heart” (1 Sam. 13:14; Acts 13:22). Yet David’s life illustrates how life is filled with seasons of ups and downs. David wept over his and Bathsheba’s first child who was fatally ill (2 Sam. 12:22). Yet he also wrote songs of praise and joyous laughter (Ps. 126:1-3). With the death of his rebellious son Absalom, David experienced a time of deep mourning (2 Sam. 18:33). And when the ark was brought to Jerusalem, David, in spiritual ecstasy, danced before the Lord (2 Sam. 6:12-15).

We do a disservice to ourselves and others when we portray the Christian life as peaceful and happy all the time. Instead, the Bible portrays the believer’s life as consisting of seasons of ups and downs. In what season are you? Whether a time of joy or sadness, each season should motivate us to seek the Lord and trust Him.

Dear Lord, help us to turn to You not only in sadness
but also in joy. We know You give us both good times
and bad to draw us to You and help us grow.
May we learn to trust You in all seasons of life. Amen.

Every season needs faith to get us through it.

Source:  Our Daily Bread

I watched a program recently about a mother who lost her 11 year old son.  It turned out that he was sexually abused and then murdered by his step-mother and her brother.  For ten years his mother sought to find out what happened to her son.  She wouldn’t rest until she got answers.  She said that she had dreams of her son and just knew that she had to find closure.  She didn’t give up even though other people might have.  During those seasons of sadness, despair, frustration and grief, she held on to her faith in the God whom she knew would see her through these turbulent times.  And He did.  He brought her justice for the murder of her son and closure. 

After his murderers were sentenced to life without parole, the dreams of her son stopped.  She believed that he was finally resting in peace.   She had come through this season of her life with her faith firmly intact.  She had her share of ups and downs as the investigation dragged or at times went cold and as she got the runaround.  But God was with her during those times in the valley.  The sadness of losing her son will always remain and will be especially hard each year as his birthday comes around but the heaviness on her heart is gone and the peace of knowing that those responsible for his death are behind bars for the rest of their lives will fill her heart instead.

Seasons come and they go but God will always be there.  Whatever you may be going through now, you are not alone.  God is going through it with you.  There is light at the end of the tunnel.  Just keep on keeping on.  Don’t be discouraged.  Remember God is greater than your trial, situation or problem.

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