A Time for Everything

I’m facing the beach. The sun has just slipped above the sea. I sip coffee and my thoughts roll, roll, roll, like the waves. 

Unbidden, concerns come to the surface.

What about…?

When will I…?

How can I…?

I could fill in those blanks a thousand different ways.

And yet this morning one passage from Ecclesiastes seems to be the answer to all of them…

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather, a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

Each sentence flows over my soul. And I realize, if all the waves came in at once it would be too much for us. We’d drown in our desires. 

And so we wait, watch the shore, trust the hand and heart of the One who brings us what is best in its time.

Lord, we surrender to your ways.

We yield to your rythm.

We who hurry choose to let

each answer in our lives have its moment.

Give us your time for everything

and help us trust you for all things.



Speaking of a time for everything, almost all of us feel like we could use more time with our friends–for sharing, laughter, fellowship and encouragement. That’s why (in)courage has a very exciting announcement today! We’re bringing the beach house to you. Stop by (in)RL to find out more!


* I’m away with the (in)courage writers in Hilton Head and this post from the archives came to mind again. I’m taking a little time for renewal–looking forward to being back with you soon!


Would you like to leave a comment or Subscribe by Email? 


About Holley

About Holley

Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author and Life Coach

I like humans, words, and good coffee. And I’d love to help you beat what’s holding you back, become all you’re created to be, and kick butt for the greater good.

Cheering you on,


Never Miss a Thing

Join Holley’s mailing list to receive the latest news, blog posts, and updates

What % Introvert Are You?

 My 1-Minute Quiz Will Tell You

New Book You’ll Love!

Writing Course for You!