Posts Tagged ‘complements’

There is a yin and yang to most, it not all, portions of our life and living.

Where there is weakness in one area,

there co-exists strength nearby.

Where there is sadness in one area,

there is joy close by.

Where there is foolishness in abundance,

just around the corner, there is supreme knowledge and wisdom.

It would seem that there is an ongoing co-existence of opposites in our lives, but does that have to be the way we interpret it?

Ecclesiastes 3 is full of such ‘opposites’ :

“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.”


As we read through these comparisons we cannot simply read them, and see them as opposites. They are also complements …

– like the colors on an artists color wheel, that which is directly across, actually enhances the other.
– like the rotation of the earth around the sun, bringing day then night.

When we hear of a death, as well as a birth, in the same family, in the same week … the birth is made more beautiful, more dear the breath of life, and the sting of death can be diminished by the joy of new life.

When we weep, with great sorrow in our hearts, words from a friend that allow us to also experience a deep belly laugh are words of freedom from the weight of sorrow.

To uproot cam be to reap the benefits of planting.

Sometimes, the only way for peace to reign, is from the effects of war.

In these contrasting complements, there is also a promise, and assurance, that we frequently forget as we read … as we live. This promise comes at the beginning of these verses, and again at the end … hum, it is repeated … maybe it is that which we should write a song about, rather than the verses which became a great seller for Pete Seeger.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: Ecclesiastes 3:1

“God has made everything beautiful for its own time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11a

In both verse 1 and verse 11a, there is a great reminder … there is beauty in all situations, and all situations have a season … a beginning and an end.

This tough time that you might be going through … causing you to weep, or mourn, or be silent, or feel as though death itself is preferable … it had a beginning, and it will have an end. And when it has had it’s season, soak up the complementary season, and look back to see the bright light that the ‘dark side’ has brought you.


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