Time goes by. And it sometimes seems slower than normal, especially during a crisis. In this post I share a message wishing to calm your heart and inviting you to a perspective of greater hope in the grace of God for your life and family.
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Time for Everything
A simple experience in my childhood marked my memory significantly. I was in a bookstore with my mother and, for some reason, she opened a Bible in Ecclesiastes chapter 3. She read:
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV
This verse will never leave my mind. It seems that more than an information for my head, a revelation got down on my heart.
Last week, I was listening to the Podcast Ransomed Heart with John Eldredge who questioned what would be a good figure for this moment of world crisis. It would be difficult to find someone on the planet unaffected by the current pandemic. And perspectives vary.
After he presented some figures adopted by many, such as a gap after which the “normal” will be restored, or a reset opportunity for those who intend to keep some adjustments achieved, I missed the end of the program. I had to pause for some reason.
And the next day, before I can find my own figure for this period, I go back to the text of Ecclesiastes 3. Please enjoy with me a little more:
Time to Embrace, and Time to Refrain from Embracing
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man. I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1-14 ESV
Here Is My Figure
Time is certainly an appropriate figure for what we are going through. For now, a time of suffering, crying and loss for many – not just you. But from a broader perspective, given our period here, this is a season to pass.
At all times God is good. And everything he does is good. He always turns death to life, the seed dried in a tree full of fruit, the pain in healing, the rubble in monuments, the crying in laughter … And so on. So decide to make this fleeting experience a time well spent in your life. Trust that God will do something beyond your expectations! (To be continued)
Prayer: God, I recognize that the You are good and everything You do is good. I decide to trust in You in the midst of this crisis. Please help me to rest in your eternal love, today and forever. I pray with thanksgiving in the name of Jesus. Amen.
What is the Holy Spirit saying to you?
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