For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
This is more than just a Biblical moment where the author waxes poetic. There is a philosophical truth in this passage worthy of contemplation. The older we become, the more we recognize the profound changes at each stage of our development. Embracing those changes brings some level of peace and contentment. Struggling with these “seasons” can bring discontent.
When I became a father of a newborn, I was not ready for the challenge of disturbed sleep. I was working full-time in my first church and was working on my doctorate. When the baby came into the picture, it was nearly overwhelming. It took me some time to accept that my work, study, and family decisions had serious implications for my life. I was in a season of sacrifice. I needed to remind myself that overwork and sleepless nights would not be forever.
Now, with a grown daughter, my responsibilities are very different. I have more time for myself. I can get eight hours of sleep most nights. I have more control over my personal time then I had when she was little. My wife and I can drop everything and spend an evening out whenever we like (if I do not have a church meeting). Yet, I miss lying in my lazy boy, with that little one sleeping across my chest.
The key to a contented life is recognizing the season we are in and embracing the good in each season and being willing to give up what a particular season does not offer. Today, determine what season you are living in. Name the sacrifices you are forced to accept. That list will be easy, because we are usually focused on what we miss. The second list will take a little more time but is even more important. Name the blessings you have in the season you are in right now. Embrace the joy in what this season offers. Then ask God to give you the wisdom to embrace the place where you are and those who are in this season with you.