“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. He hath made every thing beautiful in his time…”
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1-11a
August 25, 2014…Today my husband and I start a new season in this journey called parenting…our oldest son, Jake starts Kindergarten. My mind is drawn to the verses above as I reflect on the past five years with this precious gift. There was a season in our lives where we prayed and prayed for a child, and the Lord, in His timing, chose to make us wait. But in 2009, God made all things beautiful when Jake Reagan was born on my birthday. He not only made me a mommy, but he was my best birthday present. How we have watched him grow into a caring, little boy so protective of us and his siblings with a giving heart and a genuine love for others.
Seasons come and go…all with their splendor and majestic display of our wonderful Creator. Such it is with our lives…each of us in our own season of life. Today, Jake officially starts his boyhood season. He is no longer a baby, that season is forever over, and while this momma is sad, I know the season that he embarks on today is full of wonderful new lessons and adventures…ones that, Lord willing, will draw Jake to Jesus as his Savior, make him more like Jesus, and enable him to show and share God’s grace with others. And so…here we go, the first day of a new season in Jake’s life and in our lives as parents…we start today with a host of emotions…pride, joy, excitement, fear, yet complete confidence that God, His perfect way, will make “everything beautiful in His time…” like He has in every other season of our lives…He does and WILL do the same for you!