“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.”
(Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV)
The writer of Ecclesiastes follows the verse above with a list of seasons, or “times,” such as birth and death, weeping and laughing, and mourning and dancing. He even includes “a time to plant and a time to pluck what is planted.”
I don’t know about you, but I usually don’t enjoy plucking up anything that was planted by either me or God. First of all, it takes time, and second, it can be painful to pluck. You know what I mean. You have a relationship or friendship God is asking you to relinquish. Sure, He planted it in a past season of your life, and it served its purpose. But now He is asking you to uproot it because He wants to do something different. Or perhaps God is saying about your job, “Let it go. I want to uproot it. I’ve got a new purpose planned for you.” Oh, but we’re so slow to let go because it can be painful, inconvenient, and sometimes just plain hard work!
But what do we forfeit if we insist on holding on the old things that either we or God planted in old seasons?
When we refuse to let go, we forfeit our effectiveness for Him. We forfeit the peace of knowing we are following Christ no matter what.
Thankfully, we can rest assured of one thing: God never asks us to uproot anything in our lives without a reason and a plan. He always asks because He wants to plant some kind of new seed to bring about a good change.
Are you afraid to pluck up something even though its season in your life is over? Yes, you can be sure moving into the unknown with God will never be comfortable, but it will always be right—and you’ll know you’re exactly where you need to be.
I encourage you to get out your gardening gloves today and get to plucking, if that’s what God is calling you to do!
Is there something you need to uproot today?