“a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away.”
Ecclesiastes 3:6 (NIV)
I find this verse haunting, at least the first section. There are times we lose something precious to us; we search for it until we have looked everywhere. Then we stop, realizing we cannot find it. However, somehow, a while later, we spot it just out of reach from one of the places we looked.
However, when we hear of a plane going down, we hear of a search team looking to rescue those who have survived. Yet, after a given time, that team’s objective becomes to recover those people who did not make it, if possible.
The second part of this passage speaks of keeping things and throwing away things that are no longer useful to us. As an American, I have to say that I am guilty of hanging onto “things.” One of my closest friends often laments of “having too much ‘stuff.’”
Solomon tells us there is a time to shed ourselves of things we no longer need, use, or wear. In our 21st Century America, I see people either having things to the point of being engulfed in them or choosing to live the “less is more” philosophy. I know what I need to do but, in the past, I have found a new home for something and, then had need of that very same item.
I remember a neighbor who was getting ready to move. This single man had the bed of his pick-up truck filled to overflowing with things he no longer needed or wanted, stuff from his house.
Father God, please help us.