There’s a season for everything
and a time for every matter under the heavens:
a time for giving birth and a time for dying,
a time for planting and a time for uprooting what was planted,
a time for killing and a time for healing,
a time for tearing down and a time for building up,
a time for crying and a time for laughing,
a time for mourning and a time for dancing,
a time for throwing stones and a time for gathering stones,
a time for embracing and a time for avoiding embraces,
a time for searching and a time for losing,
a time for keeping and a time for throwing away,
a time for tearing and a time for repairing,
a time for keeping silent and a time for speaking,
a time for loving and a time for hating,
a time for war and a time for peace.
What do workers gain from all their hard work? I have observed the task that God has given human beings. God has made everything fitting in its time, but has also placed eternity in their hearts, without enabling them to discover what God has done from beginning to end. – Ecclesiastes 3:1-11
“[God] has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart.” (NIV)
This is a new feature I’m going to try to share at the end of every month. Kind of a catch-up opportunity for those of you who enjoy photography.
It’s been a good month and a difficult one too, a packed-full 31 days loaded with ups, downs, highs, and lows, graces and blessings. If January is any indication, then 2020 is going to be a little of everything: wonderful, challenging, and exhausting.
Such is life.
But God is always faithful and Rebekah and I stand committed to following The Way of Jesus. If you have 31-seconds to run through them all then these 31 photos – one from each day of January – should tell the story.
Peace, blessings, love, and more peace – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.