Hi friends! I’m back today with a new post about the importance of recognizing that there is a time for everything in life. Enjoy!
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil–this is the gift of God. 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 3:1-14 // NIV translation
Lately, I’ve been thinking about the importance of being patient and knowing the power of God’s timing. We as humans often have a tendency to snub the value of being patient. We want things now or we don’t want them at all. Luckily, we are ruled by a God who understands the innate workings of our deepest selves. He knows that we are an impatient people who would rather rely on the quick pace of the world rather than resting easy in His perfect timing. Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us that there is a time for everything; there is a season for each area of life that we will encounter. Verse 14 continues on to say that everything the Lord has planned out will endure forever and that there is nothing that we can do to take away or add to what He has planned. While that might spark fear within our time conscious hearts, we can actually find rest in this fact. The Lord has great plans for us, ones that will only cause us to prosper (Jeremiah 29:11). Our penchant worry stemmed from impatience will not add a single hour to our life, nor will it greater our quality of life (Matthew 6:27). In laying down our lives and trusting in the goodness of God and His grace, we will find our souls at rest no matter what season we are currently experiencing. So whether we are downtrodden due to the inability to find a relationship, over joyous because of a mountaintop experience, or content through the routine of daily life we can know that we are secure because of our God given foundation of love, joy, hope, and grace.