s“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.
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.”
--Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.11 (NIV)
“He makes everything beautiful in its time.” Did you notice this list includes positives and negatives? Weeping and laughing, tearing and mending, and so forth. Yet, everything is beautiful, or beautified, in its time. Even the worst things that happen can ultimately have a positive outcome and give place to something good. Remember that.
I’m allowed to say this without being guilty of offering up platitudes. The worst thing I could imagine happened to me the day my daughter died. In spite of it, like a tree cut down and new growth emerging around the stump, I discover, incredibly, that life goes on.
Life goes on, because “He has also set eternity in the human heart.” We are eternal, immortal beings. Our physical lives are confined in time, with a beginning and an end, but our soul and spirit are not chained by the cords of time. Thus, God has set eternity in our heart, and having an eternal perspective is good for the bumps and bruises of our storm-tossed lives. It reminds us that there’s more. All is not lost. It’s not over yet. Life goes on.
Winter is a season that reminds us of this truth,too. I have some plants in my flower bed that have shriveled and their leaves have turned brown. But, I know when spring comes, new growth will appear. God provided us with marvelous object lessons in the changing seasons, of winter giving way to spring, to demonstrate that life goes on. Beautifully. Even the not-so-good of life gives way to beauty.
Sara Faith Nelson
Sharing the journey, because, I find there are so many others making the trek through life without a loved one