If you are a sixties kid like me, you remember the single Turn, Turn, Turn written by Pete Seeger and made famous by the BYRDS.
Had Mr. Seeger written those lyrics today, he could have been sued by the biblical character Solomon.
The original poem was published in the book of Ecclesiastes and is traditionally ascribed to King Solomon who would have written in the 10th century. The $7.2 million paid to the Marvin Gaye estate by Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke would be pennies in comparison to what the King Solomon estate would receive.
This song extracted from scripture (Ecclesiates 3:1-8) and recorded by a rock band reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on December 4, 1965!
WOW, speak of making rocks cry out!
Amazing? I think not. The cultural decade of the sixties was just the time and place for a song reminding us of seasonal cycles.
The sixties decade began with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and ended with the Watergate scandal.
Lodged somewhere in between those events were some major transitions like the Anti-war movement, Civil rights movement, and the Hippie movement with its bell bottom jeans, tie dye shirts, paisley prints, Beehives, and afros.
It’s 2016 but I could benefit from a set of ear plugs and a copy of that single from times gone by because my world is in a Turn, Turn,Turn type season.
Life has its ebbs and flows, highs and lows.
Sometimes our transitions are so volatile that it feels like we are riding the 2.5 minute, 70 miles per hour Viper at six flags in California with its seven loops and the 171-foot drop. I get dizzy just talking about it.
Seasons also have ascensions and dissensions.
Weddings, the birth of a healthy baby, a new job, or a first-time house purchase all send us on emotional highs. Other life seasons cause us to plummet quicker than a falling star.
An unfavorable health diagnosis, foreclosure on our dream home, a failed business, or a wayward child are all examples of the lows we experience.
How do we survive the seasonal changes in our lives?
1. Wear seasonally appropriate clothing.
The weather can be brutal. Being inappropriately dressed exposes you to the elements that Satan has strategically planned to get you in his trap.When we put on God’s whole armour we are covered with God’s defense and immunity against the devil’s shenanigans.
13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; Ephesians 6:13-17
2. Take your vitamins.
The best defense against seasonal allergens and viruses is to be proactive. Eating properly and supplementing your diet with some good ole’ vitamin C. Spiritually we must take daily doses of God’s word. This is our antidote from satan’s infections.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. II Timothy 2:15
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
Things are turning for me and they’re turning for you. No thing stays the same.
But, Jesus he never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) I recommend Jesus. He promised to never leave, you even when your world is turning upside down. (Matthew 28:20)