Recently Sears and Roebuck, famous for their coveted catalog and mail order business, closed its doors. Once known for being so big that the employees filling orders had to use roller skates in order to work in a timely manner!
Similarly, singing the same sad song, the beautiful historic Montgomery Ward building on the Chicago River, now serves as the corporate headquarters for Groupon.
Both of these landmark businesses have had their “season”. The extensive use of Amazon has shifted our way of shopping.
Shopping trends, businesses and life styles come and go. And so do our lives.
Seasons come and go as we cycle through our years of life!
We need to live knowing that life is a participation in the Divine Cycle. The Bible, the book of Ecclesiastes, tells us that there is a season for everything.
“There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.”
As we go through our daily lives, moving so quickly through the times of our lives, we sometimes miss the blessing that each cycle brings to us. We need to retrain ourselves learning to rejoice in the present, no matter how difficult:
There is a time to soar and a time to grieve.
There is a time to laugh and a time to cry.
There is a time to ride the wave and a time to hang on for dear life.
There is a time for work and there is a time to relax.
There is a time for closeness and a time for separation.
There’s a time to feast and a time to fast.
There’s a time to speak up and a time to shut up.
There’s a time to spend and a time to save.
Look at the world around you.
Are you any different from the ebb and flow of the ocean, the rising and setting of the sun, or the sequence of fall, winter, spring and summer?
Cycles make up each day and each breath, with each inhale and exhale. What goes up must come down.
Whatever and whenever your situation, remember to embrace the hand that you are dealt! You are in good hands.