Reading: Ecclesiastes 3: 1-13
“There is a time for everything…”. Time – we do not always get to choose and must instead trust into God’s timing. After all, God alone is in control and God alone truly understands the big picture. Each of our lives is but a small piece of the larger picture. So we must trust.
Ecclesiastes 3 covers most of what life brings, from the big to the small. All life begins with birth and ends in death; all life has periods of laughter and times of tears. We build and we tear down, we plant and we harvest, we rip and we mend. Life is full of many experiences. God is present in them all – celebrating with us at times, crying with us at times, always present.
In verses ten and eleven we gain a glimpse of both our reality and of our promise. In verse ten, we are reminded that toil is part of life. We must each work at something to find value in ourselves and to provide for our needs. Work is simply part of life. But it is just part of the day to day of life. We begin to get in trouble when we place too much value in or emphasis on our toil. When our job represents who we are or when it becomes the focus of our life to the exclusion of faith, family, and friends, then our priorities need realigned.
Life will have its ups and downs. God is our constant. In verse eleven, we are reminded that “He has made everything beautiful in its time”. God is present in all things. The plans He has for us are for our good. When we have God as our foundation, there is beauty in all that life brings. Verse eleven goes on: “he has also set eternity in the hearts of men”. In eternity, we find hope. In hope, we walk through both the ups and the downs with a different perspective. We know, as followers of Jesus Christ, that our eternity rests in His hands. We know this promise. We find peace, comfort, strength, and hope in this promise.
There is indeed a time for everything. And in everything, God is present. As we go through the day to day of life, may we always trust in God, our all in all, our everything.