he has made everything beautiful in its time

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Ecclesiastes 3

1For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, 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 gain has the worker from his toil? 10 I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 12 I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; 13 also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.

14 I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him. 15 That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away.

I know Boggus has been preaching on Ecclesiastes, and I’ve heard Brooke Nine say a lot of things about wind. So when I went to BSU lunch today (and that was a huge personal victory) and I saw that this was the passage I rolled my eyes. “that’s my old life. that’s not what God wants me to hear right now.” 

false. I needed to hear this. So much. I don’t know where you are as you’re reading this. But I do know that God is making you beautiful. It’s not on accident, friend. The ordinary, everyday things you do? The housework or the babysitting or the homework or the busywork…God makes it beautiful. We’ve been brought to this season to shape us. The business of redemption is painful, scary, and exhilarating. But when these words hit my ears today I knew God was telling me…this was always the plan. This moment. This mind numbing list of tasks. This seemingly mundane conversation. All of it, to make you new. Because you matter. And this season won’t be forever. You may even be surprised to find you miss it once it has gone. 

Don’t miss it. Deborah told me that, and she was right. be present.

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