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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Time.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven…He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (Ecclesiastes 3: 1,11 NIV)
I am breaking away from my sequence on posts relating to my personal journey from woundedness to hope, but today is one of those days with a clear, discernible theme. You know those days when you feel like everywhere you turn, God is giving you the same message…I liken it to being hit by a “holy 2X4” over my head, when God is supernaturally repeating Himself in earnest, to ensure that I don't miss it. Yesterday, the Ecclesiastes passage above was my devotional scripture. Throughout the day, I saw that scripture twice more, in random places. And also throughout yesterday, I was reminded of this truth that some things are seasonal, and some are permanent. And then today, our pastor announced that our worship leader is leaving our church and pursuing the next phase of his ministry call. And in other areas of my life, I am facing the reality that God has placed me in seasonal situations that I would prefer to be permanent. It’s hard. But He is always good, and He is God.

I am not God. He is.

To everything, there is a time. Some things are forever, some are for a season. We’ve all read the sappy/cheesy poems and quotes about it. But corny or not, it’s true. Sometimes, there is a permanence to the situations or relationships in our lives, and other times, there is not. But regardless of whether a relationship or ministry assignment or job or any other situation is seasonal or forever…He is always good, and He is always working on our behalf. "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Rom 8:28 NIV).

Regardless of whether God has placed something or someone in our life for a short time, a long time, or permanently, “He has made everything beautiful in its time” (Ecc, v.11). What a beautiful promise.

His ways and thoughts are so much higher than ours. We say that often as Christians, but I wonder if we will ever really understand this truth that God sees the entire picture of our lives, and that we “cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end” (Ecc, v.11).

He sees our life story…from beginning to end… through a heart and eyes of love that go deeper, wider, and truer than any other love we can experience from any other.  Seeing it all and seeing it out of an unfailing love is a beautiful combination, don't you think? 

So with this beautiful truth, may we "lean not on [y]our own understanding, but in all [y]our ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct [y]our paths" (Proverbs 3: 5-6 NIV).

God, help me to trust in Your unfailing love, that You will make everything beautiful in its time.