(There is) a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones (Ecclesiastes 3:5).
This pairing has many Bible scholars baffled and fascinated at the same time. Some possible meanings include:
– A time to have children, and a time to cease having children.
– A time to prepare a field (removing stones), and a time to ruin a field (by adding stones to make it unfit for farming, as in an act of war against an enemy).
– A time to approach something as a problem to be removed (as in stones needing to be removed from a field), and a time to approach something as a resource to be used for good (as in gathering stones to build a wall.)
Let’s entertain option three. It’s really the whole “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” principle. God allows struggles to enter our lives. These “stones” can be obstacles, or they can be repurposed for good. Pray before you act; is it time to remove the problem, or does God want you to take a bad situation and creatively bring about a constructive solution?