“Yet God has made everything beautiful for His own time. He had planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to the end.”
Ecclesiastes chapter 3 is a famous portion of the Bible that is often read at funerals and weddings respectively. It highlights the true facts of life; that everything has its own season and its own time. There is a time to be born and a time to die, a time to mourn and a time to weep, a time to cry and a time to laugh. Yet the most re-assuring words in this text are found in verse 11.. ‘God makes everything beautiful for His own time’!
We can often try to fit our lives into a delicately planned timescale of things we want to achieve by a certain age or map out all of life’s big decisions. Some people even try to plan when they will accept Christ into their lives. Yet each day is ordained by God. If so, then we should stop trying to dictate our own life plan, but rather surrender them to the God who holds time in His hands. It is God who makes things beautiful in His own time.
However, our perspective and understanding is limited to human wisdom. We can’t see the whole picture of our lives and to be honest, that was probably God’s intention. If we knew every plan and every decision we would have to make we would no longer trust God and would just become like robots. Trusting in God to make things beautiful in His time, matures our hearts into trusting in Him and leaning on His perfect will for our lives.
When we look back and reflect on how God has guided our lives, we can truly say that He really does has perfect timing. We might not understand it at the time, but God always knows the bigger picture. Let us rejoice in His timing. Let us rejoice that He has planted eternity in our hearts for His glory, in His time.