A Time for Everything
1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: 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, 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.
The study notes in my bible explain these verses in this way:
Every activity has an appointed time. We can accept God’s timetable or be crushed by it. The God who ordains the routine events of our lives is a compassionate, gracious, faithful God. We must trust His will and rest in Him. Birth and death, sowing and harvesting, weeping and laughing, mourning and dancing, speaking and keeping silent, and war and peace are common occurences in life. We must fit ourselves appropriately into God’s plan for our lives.
A time to die
Camelia and her mom Rosa Aquino
Here in El Salvador it has been a month of many different and opposite experiences. A close friend in the ministry, Camelia de Sosa lost her mom, Rosa, this past month. I spent the Christmas Holidays in Rosa’s home last year and we became fast friends. She was a hairdresser and was convinced I was too young to have grey hair so I let her color my hair and she did a wonderful job. I had a great Christmas and my favorite memory is on Christmas day we sat at the table and read some chapters from the bible in spanish with her granddaughter Sophie. It was a beautiful experience for me to read aloud God’s word in another language (with much help from Rosa on my pronunciation!) She died from liver complications and it was a very hard time for me and for the family. She was a wonderful wife, mother and very active in her local church. She was 61 years old and it was her time to go to dance with the Lord Jesus but for us it is a time to mourn because we miss her being here with us.
Next came the Baby Showers!!!! A time to be born!
Glenda Dalolio, the wife of the Director of PDV El Salvador is having a baby on October the 10th. Glenda is an amazing woman loved by all and a great example of a true Proverbs 31 woman – able to do many things at once and do them all well! This will be Roy and Glenda’s 3rd boy and his name is Santiago. We are all so excited and ready to meet him!
Camelia’s sister Karla is expecting her second son and a shower was held for her and the baby. Karla and Sammy, her first son returned home to the United States this week having been here for a month for her Mom’s funeral and to help with family matters. Her mom was buried on her birthday – another reminder of a time to be born and a time to die. Her courage and strength amazed me!
We also received great news that my Pastor Pat McCue and his wife Rachel are expecting a baby in April.
We experienced a time to weep and a time to laugh saying goodbye to one of our house mates and my close friend – Noemy Mejia, or Teacher Noemy as we fondly call her. Noemy went off to Word of Life Mexico for a year to study child evangelism. We had a sleep over party at the house for her with a lot of laughter but for a couple of days after she left I shed plenty of tears. I am so happy for this opportunity that God has given her but I still miss the sound of her laugh echoing thoughout the house!
We just finished up our annual women’s conference with over 200 women in attendance this year – a time to tear down and a time to build! This year’s conference was about being beautiful and strong at the same time. Tearing down strongholds and weakness that hold us back and building ourselves up in Christ and becoming spiritually fit!!!
These women traveled from all over the country to San Salvador to spend the morning and a small part of the afternoon looking for hope and for refreshment that can only be found in Christ. They come from all different walks of life. Each one has her own story. One of the women I invited is so desperate to feed herself and her grandchildren she has resorted to selling her body because she can’t find other work. She was radiant that day and nobody would have ever guessed the troubles she is currently experiencing. A time to tear and a time to mend. It was a time for her to hope in a new day for herself and to build a new level of trust in the Lord to change her circumstances and allow Him to care for her and heal her wounds.
A time to be silent and a time to speak – There were many other similar experiences this past month. I have spent a lot of time just being quiet before the Lord reflecting at how many different circumstances we encountered lately and how each one impacted us deeply yet life goes on and each day is a new day to experience whatever God has chosen for us. As my study notes say we have a choice to make – we can accept God’s timetable or be crushed by it. The apostle Paul had this to say about it:
2 Corinthians 4:5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”amade his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
Yes we really do have this treasure in jars of clay – and we are in the hands of the Potter!
Under His wing,