We don’t like surprises to derail our agenda. We have a plan. However, we will go through a lifetime of changes that doesn’t fit into our plan.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us for everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven . . . an appointed time, no random string of events.
And a reason for which it is done, in order that . . . to be made beautiful in the divine His-timing :11.
It’s easy to look around the world and question – especially when we look into our own little world. Because everything isn’t beautiful. Sin isn’t beautiful and the fruit that comes after. Events touch our lives when we ask how it could ever be the right time or for our beautiful good.
But if we unwrap life, we can find a purpose. And when we can’t see it, we need to believe it.
You don’t have to have lived-life-long like me to remember the song by the Byrds back in the 60s, Turn, Turn, Turn. The original title of the song was To Everything There is a Season written by peace activist Pete Seeger.
The folk song brought a silent reflection into a time of national turmoil. Because the words were found in the Word.
And so, it remains timeless for then and for now . . .
For everything there is a season and a time for everything under heaven.
A time to be born, a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to break down and a time to build up.
A time to weep and a time to laugh.
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
A time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together.
A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing.
A time to seek and a time to lose.
A time to keep and a time to cast away.
A time to tear and a time to repair.
A time to keep silence and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace . . .
And a time to believe God is sovereign over time all the time, no matter how it looks.
(song by Adie Camp).