Wednesday, December 28, 2011

People are Seasons!

It is awesome to me to look back at my life and remember the people that have walked into my life!  I have had some pretty AMAZING people that I have known over the years.  It started at a very young age and still continues to this day.  I have not forgotten any of them.  Once in a while I find that my mind will be drawn back to a memory of an individual.  It could be while I’m in the middle of doing something that may spark a recollection.  I then find a smile fall across my face as I remember the time gone by.  I cannot even begin to count how many people I have encountered in my life that has made some sort of impact on me.
Some of those people’s impacts have not been as pleasant as I would have liked though.  There have been a few individuals who left a mark that shows along the way pain was caused.  Unfortunately, my mind falls to those people as well.  Some of those people left big scars that, to this day, I have to deal with and make a conscious choice to overcome daily.  

Funny that as the holiday season is drawing to a close, my mind seems to have been captured by such thoughts.  Maybe it is because this year and season I have enjoyed a life filled with love and compassion.  There have been a lot of things my family has gone through over the last several years.  Some of those things were caused by those very people that have caused some bruising and scaring.  Every time something has happened though, God seemed to find just the right person to bring to our door, figuratively, and help us through.  Sometimes it felt like God himself showed up.

“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.  A time to be born and a time to die.  A time to plant and a time to harvest.  A time to kill and a time to heal.  A time to tear down and a time to build up.  A time to cry and a time to laugh.  A time to grieve and a time to dance.  A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.  A time to embrace and a time to turn away.  A time to search and a time to quit searching.  A time to keep and a time to throw away.  A time to tear and a time to mend.  A time to be quiet 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

Many times I have found myself wondering why so many people have come in and out of my life.  Wonderful and not so wonderful people that have made a visit to my door.  Why the need for so much pain?  Why a friendship that didn’t really end just moved to something different?  Then I am reminded that everything has a time and a purpose.  People come into our lives for many different reasons.  God is the only one that knows the duration of how long they will stay.  The difficult ones are to help us learn something about ourselves.  The wonderful ones are usually to help us walk the path and have a hand to hold as we do.  We go through so much in our lives that God knows we occasionally need someone to go through them with us.  When that time is over, sometimes He says it is time to move on for both individuals.

My challenge this week is this… are you holding on to a person for longer than you should?  Are you not allowing that difficult person to teach you something you need to learn?  Have you found yourself afraid to make new friends because of the pain that was caused?  Remember that you must have diverse types of people in your life to teach you different things.  God made us unique for a reason.  To understand different aspects of walking a Christian walk you must allow different people to be allowed at your door.  If you have been blessed to have a good friend last a long time, don’t take them for granted.  That is a HUGE gift that God has given you.  However, make sure there is room for others as well.