Has something in your life EXPIRED?

When we moved last Spring, I did some serious cleaning out as you tend to do when you move. I expected the bags of clothes that would be taken to the Salvation Army. I also expected boxes from our kitchen of excess of just about everything claiming we had merged two families....two coffee pots, two sets of pans, and glasses and the like. However, what I didn't expect was the boxes and boxes that held food whose life had expired. Now, I am not talking about slightly missed expiration dates, but rather expiration dates exceeding a few years. Of course, my husband says who cares about expiration dates as most men probably would, but my stomach was turning at the thought of peas from 2011. Heaven forbid, what I would find stirring inside if I opened the boxes of corn muffins from 2009. In one moment I am stirred with disgust and another I am overwhelmed with guilt for the waste of food while children in the world are hungry.

I remember while I was on my emotional roller coaster ride Todd laughing saying this would make a great sermon....Expiration Dates! Some things in our lives need to expire! "Hallelujah!"

This morning I was reminded of this conversation as I was packing lunches for school and digging around in the pantry. When everyone departed for their day, I had the opportunity to sit and have a cup of coffee in our empty house. Our life has been a  bit of a whirlwind the last few months, and I honestly can't remember the last time I had the chance to sit in stillness in our home. It seems I had to escape to find it.  As I was sitting and thinking about expiration dates, I was led to the words of Ecclesiastes...

There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity under the heavens:

2a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

3a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,

4a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

5a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

6a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

7a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

8a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.
— Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

I wonder if there are things in your life that have expired, but somehow have found home on your shelf?  I wonder if you are praying for a new season or chapter to begin while clinging to the old one? 

I believe many of us have been in certain seasons for far too long, and it is time to let that season EXPIRE so that we can enter into a new one.  Could it be that a season to love, to mend, to dance, to build and to heal awaits your deciding to let something expire?

Something to ponder...

In His Wings,

Rochelle Frazier1 Comment