Wednesday Word 4.11.2018
Ecclesiastes 3:3-13 New International Version
3 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. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.
I believe that knowledge is a gift from God. Mysteries of the universe continue to unfold as we build on the knowledge that has come before. One of the great mysteries man has tried to harness is time. The natural world first dictated the structure by which we measure time. Sunrise and sunset, along with the changing seasons, set the pattern for how it is measured. It’s gotten so advanced, we can do the math (or Google!) to determine the date and time anywhere in the world relative to our own time. There’s the operative phrase, “our own time.”
It isn’t our time. It is God’s time. We have devised all these systems by which we think we can manage our time. As if any human quantification, however sophisticated it may be, could control the passing of time! Time belongs to God. We only think we are in control of it.
All we can control is what we do with our time. The discoveries and inventions meant to give us more time can do just the opposite. Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful that I don’t have to walk miles for water! That and a thousand other blessings grace my day. But, I must confess, the older I get, the less fruitful I find my use of time. I need to acquire a little discipline.
This passage reminds us that the good and the bad are going to come to us in the due course of time. Not when we call it, but at the time it was meant to be. It also tells us that God has given us a sense of eternity while at the same time we must accept that our time here is finite. Satisfaction is to be found in the day to day, doing our work and living our lives. Our joy can be found in the here and now. In this moment. We must make the very best of every minute, at work or at rest. God is in charge. It’s about time we accept it…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki