“Now is the time; now is the best time. Now is the best time of your life!”
Fans of Walt Disney World will recognize the theme music to the wonderful attraction, “The Carousel of Progress.” This iconic moving theater experience was originally built for the 1964 World’s Fair, and then disassembled and eventually reconstructed in Tomorrowland in 1975. The cheerful message of progress through this century is a reminder that the best time we are living in is right now.
Do you believe that you are in your best time of your life right now? I imagine for many of us the answer is no. If you are dealing with an addict, your own addiction, undergoing chemotherapy, incarcerated, going through a rough divorce, confronted with rebellious children, caring for elderly parents, etc., you may not consider this the “best time of your life.” And that’s OK.
The writer of Ecclesiastes has an important reminder for us about the nature of time in the third chapter:
Ecclesiastes 3 New International Version (NIV)
A Time for Everything
3 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
There is something comforting in realizing that there is a season for EVERYTHING under the sun. Everything has a place, everything follows an order, and everything has an appropriate and proper point on the space-time continuum. Even the things we dread have their own place. Death, war, mourning, and hate all have an allotted measure in the grand scope of our lives.
The best part is that it’s an allotted measure, i.e. something that happens for a specified period of time. This scripture on the consistency of life’s seasons and cycles teaches us that time is God-ordained and controlled, and we should just relax and let life flow accordingly.
Does that work for you? Yeah, me neither.
In my experience, I realize that this doesn’t work when MY timing is not jiving with God’s timing. Either I am being too slow to respond to his bidding, or (more likely the case) rushing into things with great enthusiasm, but no Godly direction.
I believe that Godly direction is the key to this whole thing. When we pray, discern, and yield ourselves COMPLETELY to God’s timing, it really is the best time of our lives. Setting aside our preconceived notion of when something should begin or end allows God to act as Timekeeper, and sets life into motion according to his plan.
Has the time come for you to do something? Is it time to change? Time to move? Is it time to end something? Maybe you are entering a season of growing, re-inventing yourself, and leaving all kinds of heavy things behind. Has the time come to speak up, or be quiet and let others sort things out?
This beautiful passage assures us that there is indeed a time for everything, and God is in each moment.
“A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn, and a time to dance.”
I hope you dance.
Dancing Waves by Michelle Robertson.