“A time to search and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep and a time to throw away”
You know you are singing the song right now……’I’ll Keep Holding On….’ Now it it will be stuck in your head today. You’re welcome
I love Ecclesiastes 3. The whole chapter speaks about a time for everything. If you get a chance, go and read it. It shows the realness of God. He knows and sees that things change. Good or bad, life happens but He is in it.
This verse in particular hit a chord for me. I’m super, like probably too good, at throwing things away. I can’t stand leftovers. Well, unless it’s cold pizza from Aurelio’s, right? Like I’m one of those when you come to my house, you’ll look one minute and there’s your cup, then you look two seconds later (because I decided it’s time to clean) and it be gone. Peace. It does come in handy though cause clutter is not my friend. I’m good at change and moving on from things, physical things that is. Then there is this emotional or mental piece of life that maybe I tend to hold onto. Holding on to past hurts or grudges, I’m totally guilty of. There can be times, precious moments, to hold onto but there are many things we need to throw away. Like, peace out and stop bringing it back up, throw away. We ALL have things in our past. So are we moving forward and healing or are we constantly holding onto those feelings as a security blanket that we don’t want to let go of?
I think it’s beautiful how both of these phrases in this verse go hand in hand. I believe we should always be searching, growing in our faith and walk but sometimes what we are searching for is not truth or even touchable. Maybe we are searching for our life to look a specific way or for someone to be something they are not or for something you once had. Maybe we are searching for something to fill a longing in our hearts when really only Christ can fill it. We gotta let that go and count it as lost. There’s a time to search and hold onto things that fill your soul, people that stand by you but there’s also a time to give away and let go. Only you can decide what’s right for you. Christ allows us the freedom to step out and decide while we continue to seek His guidance. We just gotta be careful that we aren’t holding onto something or someone that could destroy our hearts in the end.
Reach out to Him, talk to Him, ask Him what is in your life that maybe you gotta let go of. Maybe there’s something that you are searching, longing for that He’s like, No, that’s not gonna fill your soul. What can you throw away or count as lost?
‘Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.’