Friday, December 30, 2016

Everything Is Beautiful In Its Time

Read this carefully:

There is a time for everything,

    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2     a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3     a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
4     a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5     a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6     a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7     a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8     a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.
9 What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him. ~Ecclesiastes 3 (bold mine) 

This is a very thoughtful and encouraging passage. And as I read these words, the line "He has made everything beautiful in its time" jumped out to me.

God has made everything beautiful in its time.

There is a time for everything, and in that time, God has a plan, a purpose, a moment where there is great significance. Sometimes we can't see it, or we ignore it, but there is no moment (and all that moment contains) that is overlooked by God.(It reminds me of the Butterfly Effect.) 

God is in control.

When you are under dark skies, oppressed, or discouraged, recall this verse. There is a reason for what you are experiencing. Keep hopeful and vigilant to what God is doing in and around you, and look for the Spirit of God in times of trial. This may require deep soul-searching, particularly when times are bleak, but don't despair, "this too shall pass..."

There is a time for everything.
Live in the now, 
Look for the beauty, 
Do good, 
Rejoice in the Lord - for He is good, and His love endures forever!

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