For everything there is a season, 
and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
Ecclesiastes 3:1,6

I rummage through my room, looking for something I know I kept SOMEWHERE.  It’s usually a common, non-valuable object – like a spare set of keys or a scribbled note with someone’s phone number.  I look in the places where I think they would naturally be, to no avail.  Finally, after an hour or so, I would throw up my hands and say “I give up.  It’s lost.”

You’ve probably gone through something similar (unless I am unique in my early onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s).  Sometimes we keep searching until we find what we’re looking for.  Other days, we just have to admit that it’s a lost cause.

That’s what King Solomon meant when wrote Ecclesiastes 3:6 – there are times when we search earnestly, and there are times when we need to give up. Sometimes we need to accept the futility of our seeking.  We admit our loss.  It’s not always easy, but to go further may mean more stress for little – or no – results.

Have you been looking for something that seems like it doesn’t want to be found?  Have you been chasing something that seems forever elusive?  Many times we are taught to persevere, to endure.  But sometimes, we need to let go.  In surrendering, we may actually save ourselves some grief, frustration – and possibly, time.

Lord God, too often I look for things that take my time, energy, and resources away from you.  Realign my heart to yours, that I may seek you above all things.  Grant me the wisdom to see where I have strayed.  Teach me to let go when I have to.  Allow accept my loss with humility.  Remind me that in Jesus Christ, I have everything I need.  Amen.

Written By: Clarice Fong