Ecclesiastes 3:2 (ESV)

2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

In Ecclesiastes 3:2–8 Solomon mentions all kinds of things from his own time. We see the reality of life in these verses. It is not an idealistic image but the practice of life at that time. The consequences of sin, such as death and sorrow, have their own place and time in the life of every person.

It is the Lord who determines the time when a person is born and the time when he dies. He takes care of conception and forms the human being in the mother's womb (Psalm 139:13–18). All the times of our lives are in God's hands (see, among others, Psalm 31:15). Even in the time between our birth and our death, everything is in the hands of the heavenly Father. The Lord Jesus says it this way: Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered (Matthew 10:29–30).

There is a certain time suitable for planting in the period between your birth and your death, planting trees, plants, and vegetables. At other times of the year it is not the right time for planting, for then it is precisely the time to be harvesting.