A period of adjustment according the famous Solomon in Ecclesiastes is nothing more and nothing less than an inevitable transition in life predestined by God. A transition that is unknown to us but completely planned out intentionally by God. Just recently I have had several conversations with individuals in different stages of life. I have spoken to those who recently graduated highschool that are nervous and yet thrilled to explore what life brings. I have also spent time listening to seniors who are preparing to retire and take hold of what is left of their personal journey. How exciting and yet nerve racking transitional periods can be. It can become uncomfortable or overwhelming when you are unsure of how to confidently walk in them. Let me tell you this. If you ever find yourself feeling as though you are floundering or struggling to find meaning and purpose in the season you are currently in, you are not alone. There are many individuals who are battling difficulty. Difficult seasons of life where loved ones pass away and people experience their physical or mental health being threatened by a diagnosis. Seasons when problems occur among friends and family that cause relationships to break down and never look the same. As well as, moments when people simply feel lost and struggle to find their way. With every new season of life and waking of day comes a new challenge. Lamentations 3:22-23, reminds me that each and everyone one of us has to face the daily circumstances that we are currently in with a fresh new mind of faith and rest. So what stage of life are you in right now?
Ecclesiastes 3:1,4-7 says, “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven… A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak.” Therefore with every season comes a new lesson to be learned. This is what is called a period of adjustment.
It’s Time to Adjust
This lesson to be learned is quite simple. This does not mean that with a snap of your fingers you will be able to fully adjust to the season you are currently in. What this means is that God has an answer for your confusion and questions. Solomon in Ecclesiastes shares his experience in wrestling with the meaning of life that at many moments feels meaningless. After his pursuit for truth he came to the recognition that life is pointless without God and that God is the only reason why life and we ourselves have purpose.
Like many individuals in life from the poor to the rich that found their lives to be meaningful, understood this truth. This season for me has been trialsome. I have experienced joy, loss, and disappointment. I am learning to let go as well as take on. In this new season of life after college I am so excited for the blessing God has brought my way as well as grieving some of the relationships and circumstances I have had to leave behind. All good, not easy, but a part of God’s grand miraculous plan for my life. Just as my favorite verse Ecclesiastes 3:9-11 says, “What do people really get for all their hard work? I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.”
I know there is a purpose and calling for this period of life you are in right now. I encourage you along with me to take hold of God’s truth and in light of his word flourish. It is through God’s word, guidance, and our diligent obedience to Him that we succeed purposefully in life.