“A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing.” The word embrace, by definition, is: to hold in ones arms, accept readily, or to use eagerly. With the change that is brought about in each new season of life, opportunity is also presented. Solomon understood this opportunity that was brought about during these seasons of life. In Ecclesiastes 3:5 he writes, “a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing.” As we go along these seasons of life, God will place different opportunities in our path. Some, we will eagerly take on and experience. Then there are other opportunities, that will bring some hardships and take more time. However, with these new opportunities, there is a time to let go. Time to let go of some of those things in the past we embraced. These things could be a job, friends, hobby, you fill in the blank. As we move forward in this new season and grasp onto these new opportunities, it is not always easy to let go. Solomon wrote, “there is a time to refrain from embrace.” Just as we need to trust in God as we eagerly take on these new opportunities and walk through the doors He opens for us, we also need to trust in Him in those opportunities He closes. Letting go is not easy. Yet, just as we trust Him in those seasons of change, we need to trust Him as He opens and closes those doors of opportunity in our lives.