Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 gives us a description of our entire lives with the preface of:
To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.
Everything that happens in this life happens in its season, never hidden from God, never beyond His control. While our lives seem to be spinning out of control, we can always be assured that whatever is happening in our lives is a season, a God-ordained season. We often do not understand, but the Lord can always see the forest for the trees:
except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. (v11b)
We also have responsibilities during these seasons:
I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied. (v10)
It is of these responsibilities that I write today…
I have known for quite some time that the Lord was leading me down a path that I was rather resistant to…a path that I knew would lead me away from certain people, places, and things that I felt I could not do without. Initially, I did not want to take that path at all. Finally, after much prodding, I stepped one rather hesitant foot on the path and begged the Lord to let me stop there and rest awhile from the great effort it took just to take that one little step.
Little did I know He was using that time to prepare me for Emmy’s death. It was during this time that I wrote the now infamous article, “The Me-Time Myth.” Within a few days of writing that article, Emmy became sick with an illness that would eventually take her out of my arms and into the Lord’s…a time to mourn.
As we mourned, many mourned with us. But, now the Lord is prodding me to continue down the path I began at the end of 2007. He is asking that I refocus and recommit to walking down the path He has laid before me…a time to heal.
As I mentioned earlier, part of walking this path involves walking away from certain things. One of those things is the internet. Not the internet in its entirety, but the forums and other sites that consume much of my time…not because they mean to, but because I allow them to.
The computer has always been a pitfall for me. It is a place to which I escape, and it welcomes me with open arms. But, as I sit engaged in other people’s lives, I am disengaging from the lives that matter most…those the Lord has entrusted to me.
So, I am walking away from those things that I cannot seem to control…those things that seem to control me. I am putting the internet in its place…the place of a “tool” and not the place of a “crutch.” I am stepping back, so I can redirect, refocus, and rededicate my steps to the path the Lord has set me on. I am engaging in my children, my husband, my home, my Father. There are hearts to be healed, there are children to be raised, there is a home to keep…a time to plant.