In our Ecclesiastes 3, Solomon continues his observations about the different times that we encounter in our lives:
Ecc 3:4 A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance.
Charles Krauthamer once said that every human being will be hit with at least one major trauma in their lives. It could be the loss of a child, having to serve time in prison, a debilitating illness or a massive injury that leaves us crippled, these calamities can certainly make us incredibly depressed, but as Solomon says, they are appointed times in one’s life that are placed their by God.
On the other end of the emotional spectrum, there’s also a time to laugh and a time to dance; or celebrate. This might be graduating with honors, a child being born, a daughter being wed, our kids winning a football championship, or having their first communion, or remembering back to the time when we converted to a Christian life.
Neither grief nor happiness are forever, Solomon shows us that God has pre-programmed each event in our life, some are sad, while others are cause for celebration. In essence, there is a time for everything, both the good and the bad….something to consider when we fall on hard times, they come from God, but aren’t forever, and the good times in our lives are also from God.