Escondido, CA

‘Setting the record straight’



I find the cultural influence of the Bi­ble fascinating. The truths contained in the Scriptures seem to be most promi­nently displayed in music, especially in the folk-rock revolution of the 60’s.

Remember that song “Turn Turn Turn” from the Byrds? “To everything (turn, turn, turn) there is a season (turn, turn, turn) and a time to every purpose, under heaven. A time to be born, a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap; a time to kill, a time to heal; a time to laugh, a time to weep.”

Inspired from a book in the Bible called Ecclesiastes, embedded in the lyrics of the song is the famous saying, “To everything there is a season.” There’s a tremendous amount of wisdom in that saying.

Because everything has a season, nothing (at least on earth) lasts forever. God has sovereignly appointed a season for everything and there’s a point in time when a season starts and another point when it ends.

Knowing that all things are ordained by God makes my life a lot less stress­ful. Here’s why: I’m learning to love God with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength (Matthew 22:37). I’m learning to trust in Him with all my heart and not lean on my own understanding of how I think things should be (Proverbs 3:5-6).

All of the good times and bad times that comprise the seasons of my life are in the hands of an all-powerful God who “works all things together for good.” That’s a famous verse in the Bible (Ro­mans 8:28) that too many people misap­ply because they fail to memorize it in its entirety. Here’s more of the verse: “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him . . .”

If you love God, you can rest on the promise that, regardless of what season you happen to be in, it’s all going to work out in your favor eventually. Come on! If God is for you, who or what can be against you, right (Romans 8:31)?

So, be encouraged to not only live for the good times, but for the bad times too, knowing that it’s only for a season and seasons change. Thank God for that!

~ Paul and Danica Bartelme have been married for 22 years and have three children age 12 years and under: Jacob (12), Lily (11), and Luke (9). They’ve been residents of Escondido for 11 years and love Harley motorcycles and good music. They pastor Escondido’s very own Sanctuary Church.

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