Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Time to Every Purpose

Cliche', I know.  And yet the reason certain phrases or ideas become cliche', or oft-repeated, is because they are eternal truths, whose time never fades because their meaning never fades.

As the timeless scripture from The Holy Bible, Ecclesiastes, Chapter Three,  goes: 

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted....

Then I'm sure we could all sing along with the Byrds to finish that list.

Life is clearly divided into unique phases, when certain activities are called for and appropriate, and others may have to be either carefully scheduled in, or put on the back burner receiving no heat nor any attention at all.  Then thankfully, if we are patient and attune to changes, we realize that one season is diminishing and we recognize harbingers of the new.

For most of us, entering into new seasons becomes an introspective time and we find ourselves evaluating the past and treading cautiously on our new path.  Some roads have become very familiar to us for our having been detained on them so long.  They feel safe to us.  We hesitate to leave their structure and their comfort to embark on something strange and foreign.  It needn't matter that we are craving something fresh and new; we still proceed with uncertainty.

What new paths have you embarked upon?  How are you adapting?  Do you approach it as a gift and a challenge, or do you mourn the days when you had your feet planted firmly under you with determined direction and clear focus?

I welcome the challenge of my new season, but I often feel like I am living without a net under me.  I am learning to take risks but still feel unsteady and unbalanced.

The most notable blessing is that I don't feel altogether alone and unaided.  Clearly I am receiving direction and guidance toward my new purpose. 

There.  I said it.

I do feel like I have entered a time for a specific purpose, one which I have never felt before; one which would have been difficult before, but which now seems like a good fit.  It is as though I found a sweater on the back shelf of my closet.  It is familiar, but I must have forgotten it was there.  And now as I put it on, it feels pretty good.  I may need to grow a little so it will fit properly, but I'm up for that challenge.  I'm ready to stretch and become stronger.

I am ready to be a writer.


Jessica M said...

Loved this post! God wants us to have courage and be bold and open to change under his direction so that we can step out and overcome our insecurities, fulfilling His will for our lives. It's not always easy...something I'm just starting to have courage doing myself. I've learned though that the more I lay it all down before Jesus, and trust exclusively in God's strength and direction and not on mine, the more the path becomes clearer and obstacles smaller...as well as my fears in proceeding!

Ardith Haws said...

Thank you, Jessica! That is exactly what I was trying to say.

mirandahaws said...

Mom, you already are.

Ardith Haws said...

And that is why I love you, Miranda!

Unknown said...

Awesome Post Ardith - love the sweater post - and I would so love an autographed copy of the book you write when you become that writer - can you put me on the list right now? : )

Ardith Haws said...

Oh, thank you so much for your vote of confidence in me! It helps more than you can imagine. ;)

Laura said...

I love the sweater analogy.
Can I be President of your Fan Club? I know you have lots of fans, but I think I'm your #1. I love the way you make me think and all the ah-ha's you give me. :-)

Ardith Haws said...

Laura, I believe you are my #1 fan. I can always count on you to read my blog. That is hugely reassuring; with you I know that I am heard. Thank you so much for your support and your friendship.