Rector’s Letter for August 2020
A season of challenge for so many…
Most of us live our lives struggling with the challenging and the difficult things and looking forward to the better and brighter events of life, don’t we? We have our plans, our goals, our dreams, our ambitions and hopefully our faith to encourage us onwards.
Usually, there are times of work and times of rest, with an opportunity to get away somewhere on holiday at this time of year, now unfortunately not available to so many due to travel restrictions or fragile and uncertain finances or employment.
There are times when we expect our lives to be fruitful – and they’re not. And then there are times when we expect a dry, hard and difficult time and are surprised by what materialises.
The wise Solomon, most probably the writer of the Book, Ecclesiastes, got things spot on when he wrote, ‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven…’ (Ecclesiastes 3:1). Solomon had seen the seasons of life come and go. He knew only too well the pattern of relationships, work, rest, emotions, illnesses, birth and death.
In our lives there will unfortunately be unfruitful seasons. There will be times of discouragement and even despair. There will be pointless tasks. There will be conflict. There will be fallow periods and times of going backwards. In our complex and fallible lives, we will experience these things.
The last few months have been such a challenging season for so many, not being able to see the people we care about or do those things that we seem to have previously taken for granted.
The important thing for us to know however, is that this season of challenge is not forever. We’ll drive ourselves crazy if we don’t understand that there are seasons in our lives.
If you’re feeling that you’re going through some really tough times at the moment, know that it’s only for a time. If you’re enduring a really difficult relationship, it too, is only for a time. We have to understand and become used to life’s constant change and cycle of events if we are to grow in understanding and wisdom.
Too many of us beat ourselves up or rage against God when life isn’t running smoothly. Don’t! it’s only for a season.
If you’re experiencing the cold and rain of life at the moment, remember that the warmer and sunnier days are not too far away. And if you’re enduring a wintertime right now, know that spring is on the way. It’s time always comes.
‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven…’ (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
And finally, remember that in order for there to be a beautiful rainbow, there has to be both the sun and the rain.
With every blessing this August,
The Revd Paul Wilson
Rector of the Epworth Benefice