Another Word…by Gus Keiser

January 9, 2017

God has made everything beautiful for its own time, He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

                                                                                                                         Ecclesiastes 3:11

 Standing in the kitchen this morning, preparing breakfast, I paused for a moment to look out the window at our dogwood tree. Surprisingly, given the fact that quite a few years ago it lost two rather large branches during a particularly harsh winter, it has grown much larger than I ever thought it would, providing our patio with some very welcomed shade in the summer.  But the damage from those lost limbs has caused it to bloom and flower at a slightly different time than the ones my neighbor has across the street.  Thus, when his trees are in full bloom, ours sports nothing but green leaves with only the faintest hint of budding.  Right now it lies dormant with nary a leaf to be seen and snow covering the branches, but in another six months, there it will be with its abundance of green, as I wait anxiously (and somewhat impatiently) for it to produce its white flowers.  Until that happens, I suppose I’ll have to be content to enjoy the beauty across the street.

It’s all a matter of timing…God’s timing. The verse I listed above is part of a rather familiar passage from Ecclesiastes reminding us that “For everything there is a season”…God’s season with God’s own timing.  Everything that takes place in this life happens in God’s perfect time.  Solomon communicated this beautifully in the third chapter of Ecclesiastes.  Not only does he say there is a season, or time, for “every activity under heaven,” he ends his thoughts with this striking statement… “God has made everything beautiful for its own time”. What may look wrong, out of sync, or just plain ugly to us is merely God’s unfinished work.  They are his plans yet to be completed, and in his own time.  God has the ability to bring beauty out of everything…in its perfect time, which only he alone determines.  As King Solomon says, “we can’t see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end”. The amazing work of God is far beyond our comprehension.  So that leaves our role to be one of waiting patiently, trusting that he can and will make everything beautiful…even the messes of our own lives.

On this very cold January day, with all things covered by a mantle of white, most of what we enjoy as beauty in spring and summer now looks dead. But those “dead things” are merely asleep, awaiting God’s perfect timing, ready to grow and to bring new life and splendor once again to God’s magnificent creation.

So we wait, patiently, which is often the highest form of doing God’s will.

Lord, Solomon reminds us that there is a time and a season for everything…your time and your season. God teach us to wait for that time and that season, with patience and great anticipation.  Amen.

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