When I first read this, it made me think of these verses in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8…
A Time for Everything
1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
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 from embracing,
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.
I’ve been challenged during these times to not think about all the things we are missing, but be grateful for the things we have gained! I don’t think this is just an example of ‘positive psychology’, instead, a deep trust that in God “there is a time for everything”. Even the things we don’t want, like being uprooted, like weeping and searching, and even times of war and hate.
What do Christians do when we experience these seasons of life? What marks us as being different, as the people of God?
I think it’s recognising that God has so much for us to learn; that there is more to life than just what happens in the school classroom! Yes, things are not as we would like them to be, but perhaps this is the season for our children to learn so much more, to actually ‘be ahead’ in wisdom, compassion, contentment and discernment.
What if this season, is actually the making of a new generation of young people who, as a result of living through this challenging season, actually create a new future, who are the ones who usher in the ‘shalom’ that God promised.
What if through this season, God is preparing this new generation to tackle and make real in-roads into some of the really tricky issues, such as racism and climate change?
What if as a result of this season, new Christian leaders emerge who can lead with integrity, justice and generosity?
What if our children are actually ahead on all the things that matter?
What if God's ways are greater than our ways?