When you stop to think about it, May is a weird month. In one sense, it marks the start of a new year, particularly if you are a farmer or an avid gardener. There is renewed excitement in the air as our community unleashes all of its pent-up energy from the long winter. Tilling. Planting. Painting. Cleaning. Feeding livestock. The sun is actually up when we’re up and doesn’t retire until we do in the evening! It’s a time of promise as we start putting feet to all the plans we hatched on those cold and dreary January days. It’s a time to get moving.
May is also a time for wrapping things up. Here I am primarily thinking of our teachers, students, and of course, their parents. After nine long months of arduous study, the freedom of summer vacation tantalizingly dangles before you. For all of our seniors: your daily life-and-death war with senioritis finally draws to a close! To our teachers: congratulations, you made it through another year! It’s a time of reward, where your efforts finally pay off and you (hopefully) enjoy a change of pace. It’s a time to finish, and I pray that you finish well.
The month of May is an annual reminder that just when some things begin, others find their conclusion. In this respect, this month is a snapshot of all of life. There’s the pressing urgency of work, and the payoff for toil. There’s new life to be nurtured, and tears to be wiped away as young people move on to their next great challenge. It’s a time to pick back up where we left off, and a time to start out on something new. It’s a reminder that, in all of life’s changes, our God is present and faithful.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance…
-Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 ESV
Here’s to starting out strong and finishing well!
For His Glory,