Today’s verse: Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8 “For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose 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 rend, 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.”
Maybe not everyone is aware that this song came directly from the Bible, made famous in the 60’s by the Byrds. (for other everyday sayings that originate in the Bible see this post.) There is a lot of wisdom in these words. So what does it mean? It means that events in our lives do not happen by chance. Everything has a purpose, although at times it is very hard to understand what that purpose may be.
The pairings of these words are natural events in human lives. The seasons of our life are like the tide – they ebb and flow.We all encounter negative and positive emotions and experiences throughout life. We can break down, we can weep, we can mourn, but then in time we will build up, laugh, and dance.
Both sorrow and joy are a part of life. It is important to realize, in times of sorrow, that sorrow cannot exist without joy. If we don’t know sorrow, how will we recognize joy? When we are feeling sorrow and we think we cannot go on, we need to remember that joy is around the corner. It may take a while to turn the corner, but we will. We we are down, remember there is a season to everything and eventually we will get up.
God works in his own time. We need to be patient and remember that he is in control. We cannot question his wisdom, for he sees the whole picture that we can’t possible see. We must have faith and trust in God. Blessings on your time under heaven!
P.S. Click on the link for the Byrds and listen to this song – it’s beautiful!
Summer is a great time to start thinking about salads. Here is one that is delicious, thanks to my friends at minimalistbaker.com. She has tons of fun salad recipes, check it out!
- 1/2 cup (50 g) raw pecan halves
- 1 1/2 Tbsp (23 ml) coconut oil, melted (or sub vegan butter or olive oil)
- 1 Tbsp (12 g) coconut sugar, brown sugar or cane sugar
- Pinch each sea salt, ground cinnamon and cayenne pepper
- 3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
- 2 shallots (60 g), thinly sliced
- Pinch each sea salt and pepper (~1/8th tsp)
- 1/3 cup (80 ml) balsamic vinegar
- 1-2 Tbsp (15-30 ml) maple syrup (or sub other sweetener of choice)
- 1 1/2 cups (180 g) hulled quartered strawberries (organic when possible)
- 7 ounces (198 g) arugula (organic when possible)
- 3 Tbsp (30 g) hemp seeds (or sub 1/4 cup cooked quinoa)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place pecans on a foil- or parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast for 8 minutes.
- In the meantime, add coconut oil, coconut sugar, sea salt, cinnamon and cayenne pepper to a small mixing bowl and whisk to combine.
- Remove toasted pecans from oven and toss with spice mixture. Spread back onto the baking sheet and toast for another 4-7 minutes or until fragrant and golden brown, being careful not to burn.
- Once out of the oven, let cool briefly and then sample to test flavor. Toss with a touch more salt or coconut sugar as needed. Set aside to cool.
- While the pecans are roasting, heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, add 1 Tbsp olive oil and shallot. Sauté until soft and fragrant – 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.
- Add shallot to blender or food processor with balsamic vinegar, 2 Tbsp olive oil, maple syrup and a pinch each salt and pepper. Blend until completely pureed. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
- Add arugula, hemp seeds, strawberries and most of the roasted pecans to a large mixing bowl and top with 2-3 Tbsp dressing. Gently toss to combine.
- Plate salad and garnish with remaining pecans. Serve additional dressing on the side. Serves 2 as an entree, or 4 as a side dish. Best when fresh.