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What time is it?

There’s a season for everything and a time for every matter under the heavens:
There's an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth:
-Ecclesiastes 3:1 (CEB, MSG)

"Do you have the time?", we might have been asked once, by someone without a watch. Do you know what time it is? What is this time for, for you? According to the author of the book of Ecclesiastes, there are times and seasons when it's the time, the right time to do certain things. Or, perhaps, he was saying descriptively, that there are times and seasons when things happen to us, or situations come upon us, and he is philosophizing or sermonizing on how just as we see seasons in nature and times of day and night, sunrise and sunset, midnight and noon; that there are also times and seasons to our lives.

What time is it?

Time is linear, but seasons are cyclical and events happen in times and seasons. Today is in the context of the past and the future. In the past, you were preparing for today and today, you are preparing for the future. Time can be wasted, time can be well spent, and lost time can be redeemed.

What time is it? Do you have the time?

Every night when we sleep, we are reminded that we can not do it all. We stop working in time, while we sleep. A daily rhythm is built into our lives that reminds us that we are not God or gods. But we are junior partners with God who is not bound by time as we walk and live in time. God created the rhythm's of the seasons and the day and night, our need for rest, and the various events of the seasons of our lives. So, we cooperate and partner with God who created times and seasons.

Do you know what season you are in?

Different seasons are different. They require different postures, different approaches. If it is your season of rest and retreat, but you are acting and trying to build, you might get very frustrated. It would be like a farmer planting seeds at the wrong time or arriving at an eatery in the middle of the night when they are not a 24 hour diner.

What time is it?

We know that each day follows with a night and each fall segues into winter and it is not a shock. In the same way, times and seasons change and turn the page eventually to a new season. Dawn follows night and heralds a new day. Winter is followed by spring. The same God that created these seasons created new beginnings after difficult times.

Do you know what time it is?

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