God’s Timing

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-11: 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 no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.[1]

I have been thinking about the concept of “time” lately and how impatient we can be for time to “hurry up” and pass. Of course as we get older, most of us want time to slow down. We realize that there are many things that we have not yet accomplished and we yearn for additional time to finish them. Hopefully, as we mature, we begin to enjoy and treasure each moment that we have. We come to appreciate how important and fulfilling time spent with family and loved ones can be. For me it is recognizing the significance of spending time with my children and enjoying each ordinary and special moment that I can.

Mitch Albom is one of my favorite authors and I have just finished reading his thought provoking book, The Timekeeper. The story is about the inventor of the world’s first clock being punished for trying to measure and control God’s greatest gift – time. [2] I would highly recommend this book for anyone who needs to be reminded of the importance of “time” and how to enjoy each moment that God blesses us with.

I have been struggling a great deal with my call to ministry lately. Some ministry opportunities have presented themselves and I have been forced to ask the question “is it time?”  Is it time to start thinking about putting aside my job of almost 24 years and taking a step of faith in what God is calling me to do? I pray daily for that answer to become clearer. And while I continue to pray and wait for God’s timing, I am continually striving to be alert for other ways that God is calling me to serve His kingdom.

My youngest daughter is very active and she is always asking me to go outside and do something with her. She loves sports so we usually go out in the backyard and throw the football or play baseball. I have been doing a lot of reading for a New Testament class that I am taking this semester and my daughter knows that I am always catching up on my reading. I love seeing the look on her face when I stop what I’m doing and go outside to play with her. I hope that as she grows older, she will remember and cherish those special times that we share.

My second oldest daughter also did something very special this week and I am so proud and thankful for her. My aunt, who is 88 years old, made the comment to her that she would like to go to the Georgia Aquarium before she died. A few days after telling my daughter this, her wish came true. My daughter said that she just continued to think about what my aunt had said and she decided that she would take her to the aquarium. As they were touring the aquarium, my daughter would send me photos of their fun time together. They had a great day and my aunt has not stopped talking about what she saw and how special that day was to her. What a great moment in time that was shared by my daughter and my aunt.

There is a time for every season under heaven. God has appointed the time that you were born and he has already appointed the time when you will die. And if you believe in Christ, you are promised an eternity with our Father in heaven.  While we journey on this earth we must make the best use of our time. I hope that this will cause you to pause and think and pray about how you are spending your time upon this earth, the precious gift of time that God has given you.



 

 



[1] http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ecc%203&version=NIV

[2] The Timekeeper, Mitch Albom, 2012, Hyperion Books, New York, New York

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