This is probably one of my mom’s favorite songs. I can still remember when she introduced me to this song. It was on the Forrest Gump soundtrack along with a bunch if other songs from “her generation”. Out of the entire 2 disc set this song probably has stuck with me the most.
If you didn’t know, the lyrics to the song are pretty much straight out of Ecclesiastes 3.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what 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 seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, 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 for war, and a time for peace. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ESV)
“Turn. Turn. Turn.” and “a time for peace, I swear it’s not too late.” are the only pieces added to the verses out of the Bible. Though the song was written in a turbulent time as a plea for peace there is another prominent message in the song referring to our seasons of life. I am not just talking growing older, having young children, being single, etcetera. I am also referring to the seasons of life we go through with God. Those times He asks you to be still and patient. The times it is dark and you feel He has abandoned you in the valley of death. The times you are joyful on the mountain top singing His praises to all. Those are also the seasons that I am referring to.
A friend recently shared some of her wisdom with me in regards to not wishing away the season of life we are currently in. God has us in the season we are in for a reason. Just as there can be no spring without winter, He has you in a particular season to bring forth something He has divinely planned and knows the intimate details to.
So instead of rushing through to get to the next thing, rejoice, and soak in whatever season you are currently experiencing. God is with you through it, good or bad, and He knows what He has in store for you in this season and the next.