A Time To: Plant & Pluck Up

Tuesday, September 13, 2016



A Time To: A Whole Teens Mini-Series
September 13: A time to plant and a time to pluck up what has been planted, Ecclesiastes 3:2b


READ: “…a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted;” (Ecclesiastes 3:2b)

REFLECT
Growing up in the church, and going to a Christian school, I distinctively remember as a kid hearing my pastors or mentors using the term “seasons.”  I remember every time they said that, I would get a little thrown off and wonder what exactly they meant. It would confuse me, as I so concretely imagined they were referring to one of the four seasons in our year. It wasn’t until recently I actually understood, and really felt in my own life, what a spiritual season is.

Ecclesiastes 3 is all about seasons, and the importance of understanding that through all of the changes, God always has a plan and a purpose. The thing about seasons is, we never know what is coming next, and we never know how long a season will last. And for those of us who like having some amount of control over what is going on around us, this can be a difficult thing to accept.

I remember two years ago being in a season of depression and weariness that lasted throughout the summer, and my constant cry to God was for Him to just end the time of sadness. I would plead for Him to give me joy and strength, to put an end to that season. Then today, I stand here in this season of what feels like continuous stress, and thematically my prayers are asking God for peace and rest.
Seasons come and seasons go, but even through the most difficult moments, God knows exactly what should be happening and in Ecclesiastes 3:2b, God is reassuring us that there is a time for the planting of seeds and a time for the reaping of harvest.

A season of planting could be a season of continually showing acts of selflessness, or of taking what seems like the “high road” when everyone else is following the easy path. There is a time to plant, a time to prepare for what is ahead, and then there is also a time for the harvest. A season of reaping what you’ve sown, maybe a season of peace and relaxation that follows your season of hard work and labor.

There is a time for things to be established, then there is a time for things in our life to be removed and taken away. Understand that regardless of whether or not you agree, God’s confirmations and releases all occur to better you.

Sometimes when we get stuck in what feels like an endless season, we get discouraged, thinking God has forgotten, or that He may be turning a blind eye to what we’re going through. Ecclesiastes 3 is a perfect reminder of God’s plan for us, and just how devoted He was in creating it.

God will never turn a blind eye to our spiritual seasons. Remember, Jesus walked on earth just as we do – He did this to save us. He can always relate to what we are going through. He is the perfect Counselor, the perfect Mentor and the perfect Father.

PRAY
Dear Lord,
Thank You for the season of life You’ve placed me in, thank You for creating a flowing system of seasons and an earth that is always changing. Help me to be strong in the plant and be faithful in the harvest. Remind me of Your hand over my life as I go through these seasons, reassure me when I doubt that You are watching. Amen.

YOUR TURN
Do you feel like you are in a season of planting or harvesting?

When you feel alone or abandoned, find comfort in His promises to you. He will never leave you or forsake you. His seasons are never random - they are always hand picked with a purpose for the benefit of His kingdom.

Written by: Daisy Budgick

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