A Unique Season
ARLINGTON, TEX. – In Ecclesiastes 3:1, Solomon points out, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” We are in the midst of an extremely challenging and unique season. It is a season not measured by the weather or the calendar but by the spread of a novel coronavirus.
While we can count down the days until the heat of summer or the cold of winter will break, we don’t know when or how this season will end. For many, this season has been a time of fear, sorrow, sickness and death.
When this season started back in March (which feels like years ago), I became very frustrated as it quickly upended much of my routine. As time went on, I realized that instead of being frustrated in this season of social distancing, mask wearing, positivity rates and flattening the curve, I could be content because it gave me the opportunity to spend more time with my family, learn new skills and recognize that church is much more than a building. It taught me to be more patient, less focused on trying to control things I can’t control and at peace in enjoying the present moment.
The greatest lesson to come out of this season is to be content in the present season, as unpleasant as it may be. In this season, God had some refining to do and lessons to teach me. I hope that by the time you are reading this, the season we are in will be in its final throes and we will look forward to a new, more pleasant season and be even closer to that unending season of eternity.
By Tom Grove, Pastor