There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.
– Ecclesiastes 3: 1-14
These are words that are comforting, exciting, hard to swallow, humbling, oh-so-right and life-giving all at once. But it’s undeniable. Any way you look at it, I’m entering a new season. No, this isn’t my birthday or any kind of anniversary, but rather, a gradual change of heart and circumstances in most areas of my life. Of course, the onset of summer, the winding down of the school year, the upcoming 3rd anniversary of my move to New York, the possible impending move back to Singapore and my birthday (which will slingshot me into my 30s sometime soon) are markers and catalysts of this change. I never ancitipated living the life I currently live, particularly in the community that God has placed around me. I am incredibly grateful for that. I also never thought I’d be in this particular headspace, considering my previous post. But that’s exactly a result of the Potter’s wonderful work. So much more shaping to be done.