Message from Olive Chapel
As this world enters a new season there are a lot of emotions and opinions swirling around. People are engaged in heated debates over who or what is right or wrong.
Some people are engaging in acts of rebellion, and others are rebelling against the rebellion. There are a lot of opinions being stated as facts, and a lot of facts being taken as nothing but opinions. People are feeling anxiety, angry, restless, fatigue, and depression.
To get caught up in “how it should be” or “how it used to be” or even “how I want it to be” is a futile task. So how should we approach this new season?
There is a Scripture that keeps playing over and over in my head the last few days. These words are very powerful if you take the time to think about what they are saying.
In fact, some of these words may challenge what we accept as a Christian perspective. I know it does for me. And yet, as I reflect on these words I feel a peace come over me. As if to say that it is okay if things are not “perfect”. It’s okay for sadness, and hardships, and discord among humans to happen. Life has seasons. There is rhythm. We don’t have to be ridged in our approach to life. The hard seasons come, and the happy ones return. See what happens for you as you read this Scripture. I hope it speaks to you the same as it has me.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; 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 cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8