In Ecclesiastes 3 King James Version (KJV) the simple yet profound words: To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
There has been a loss in my life. One of my friends died way too soon. Young, beautiful, loving, and fun. She too was a farmer. She was also a daughter, friend, sister, cousin, and mother. Often we are defined by what we do for a living and to her honor she is remembered by the way she made people feel: she never made a person feel forgotten or lost in a crowd. She let you know just how important you were to her and she let you know just how important you are to the world. What an amazing gift – imparting self-worth.
Today was a beautiful day with the sun shining but yet I was feeling bleak: depressed. My loved ones whom I’ve lost over the years overtook my thoughts. Tears flowed down my cheek more than once as I was looking at the garden where all I saw were frozen, brown, masses of what were once vegetable plants. Then Ecclesiastes 3 came to mind and it didn’t give me any peace. I went on my business of gathering wood for the upcoming week.
I took a break from my paperwork later in the afternoon and returned to look at the garden. Can you imagine just wanting to stand and look at brown decaying plants? But I did because somehow I wanted it to give me peace. I don’t know how long I stood there just staring. In my scanning the garden I spotted a patch of green hidden under a clump of brown. I cleared the plant and there were 3 small tomatoes attached to this green plant. Suddenly I snatched those 3 ripening tomatoes and the words came to me:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
I had to pluck those tomatoes. It was their time and without hesitation I accepted this fact. Now I need to become real with myself and accept her death so I may mourn. I pray at this moment that you have a bright and blessed week and the challenges you face be overshadowed by your amazing gifts…