A Season

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The birds were lined up in a row on both rungs of a street light.

A single bird was flying off in the distance.

Had he just left the crowd?

Decided to go on to better things?

Perhaps.

If he did leave the rest behind, it might’ve taken quite a bit of bravery on his part to do so.

A few weeks ago, I attended a Bible study at the home of a dear, older woman.

Listening to her comments and to the comments of others as we contemplated a chapter in the book of Proverbs, this woman made a wise statement that went straight to my heart.

I made sure that I wrote it down, word for word, because of its great significance:

“When a season is over and you know it, you have to be brave enough to dismiss yourself from it.”

Hearing this declaration made everything stop for a moment inside my mind, forcing me to consider its significance.

For me, it seems that I get comfortable in a place or situation and to leave it for a new beginning somehow threatens to make me feel like a “quitter.”

Should I always be a member of the same club or organization?

Should I always have the same job?

Should I always take part in the same ministries or charities?

Should I always spend my time with the exact same group of friends?

It’s hard to break away from the crowd, especially when you’re comfortable on the same street light with everyone else.

But if God is leading me to a new season, I need to recognize it and fly away.

Wouldn’t you agree?

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There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens…

—Ecclesiastes 3:1

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