While I knew it was the right time, and the bushes would benefit from being cut back, it still seemed wrong to do so when there was some remnants of fruit on the plant.
Reference: v.3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build (TNIV Bible)
Explore: While I am far from having a ‘green thumb’ I was given some rose bulbs from a family friend just over 12 months ago. I have taken great joy in caring for them and reaping the gorgeous roses that have blossomed. At the beginning of Winter, I realised that I needed to prune the roses right back so they would grow back afresh during Spring. I had done a bit of research so I knew how I should go about doing this, but the bushes were still producing a few roses each, so I didn’t want to cut them back. While I knew it was the right time, and the bushes would benefit from being cut back, it still seemed wrong to do so when there was some remnants of fruit on the plant. I finally took the plunge, cut them right back, and am now seeing the result as the foliage is growing back healthy and lush.
Application: Ecclesiastes 3 reminds us that there is a time for everything, but sometimes that time doesn’t seem right. When my dad passed away, I knew that it was best for him to go to glory, as he had lived for a number of years with a debilitating disease, but it still felt too early. When I moved to Melbourne, I was nervous about living in such a big city, but I knew that it was the best place for me to develop and continue my education. It seems that often the time can be right, but we struggle with the change. It can be difficult to discern when the time is right, even when we know that change is inevitable and advantageous. This is when we must really rely on God’s perfect timing. He knows what is best for us, even if the journey may be difficult.
Prayer: Lord, give me your discernment to understand the timing and your courage to pursue the change. Amen.
Go through Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 again. What time are you coming into?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.