A few weeks ago when I went to the temple I read in Ecclesiastes chapter 3, I'm slowly beginning to see how this chapter makes sense in my life. :)
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:"
I do believe this, I know that we have seasons of our lives where we get to experience different things. We get to understand the spectrum of emotions as we learn who we are, who we want to become, and how we can love/serve others along the way.
I've been wondering, what is this season of my life? What's my purpose right now?
Ecclesiastes 3:2-8 talks about various times in our lives "...a time to plant (...) 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 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 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."
I don't think any one season of our life is supposed to be filled with just one of these 'times' but instead a blend to help us grow and feel more deeply.
I reviewed some of my conference notes today and I loved something I wrote down under President Uchtdorf's Saturday morning talk, I don't know if it was word for word what he said or just something related but I had "don't judge the degree of another's light" written in my margin. How true is that?!
We are all on our own path and boy I wouldn't want my sometimes dim light right now to influence my potential to shine. We just can't assume we know anyone's story. We're all pressing forward as best we can with our various trials and mortal conditions, and God knows what degree of light we truly hold within us- to me, that's so comforting!
I'm so grateful for this season of my life and that each day provides me with more opportunities to see the light in others and to learn from them! I love my teachers and classes as well as the beautiful ladies I get to serve with in Relief Society :)
I love the translation of verse 11 "He hath made everything beautiful in his time: also he hath set the eternal in their heart without which man cannot find out the work that God hath done."
I know there is a part in all our hearts no matter how fragile, broken, or full of pride they may be where our eternal nature and purpose is known. I know that part of our heart will guide us back to our Heavenly Father.
How grateful I am to really and honestly understand that God does love every person and that in his time each soul will be made beautiful.
I think It's a kind of beauty we don't quite understand right now- less of what we see on the outside and more of what our hearts are made of.
I know we can see beauty in each person around us, no matter what factors are getting in the way- if we just try. Sometimes for someone to recognize they do have a beautiful heart that has potential to change their not so great behaviors, all they need is a little encouragement and love- some hope.
As Ecclesiastes 3:14 says "I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever [...]"
God made us :)
So I've got a whole forever to know my purpose, figure out what's next, and accept/learn from what trials come and go.
I'm just grateful to know that as life goes on my heart is continually being worked on, that each time of mourning and sadness is always replaced by a time of laughter and peace.
I know that life will be made more bearable, reasons for trials will be made known, and families/individuals will be healed as we come to understand how we are personally being made beautiful in His eyes.
little addition to our apartment :)