Ecclesiastes 3:9-11 (NLT)
What do people really get for all their hard work? I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.
Timing is everything. With age hopefully comes wisdom and this is what I have concluded, waiting is worth it. Every single time – no matter how frustrated and overwhelmed I become it has always been and will always be about good timing. God has a time for everything in this life. He has a schedule that is perfect concerning you and I. After all, He wrote every single moment out in fine detail before we were born no matter what the circumstances of our birth. (Psalm 139) However, our sin and inability to be perfect some time causes us to jump out of sequence with the Lord and all the things that He is working out for our good because we love Him. (Romans 8:28) It is a beautiful reunion when our clocks sync again. We face times of struggle, overwhelming circumstances, or difficult situations it is human nature to look for an immediate escape. We would rather react than respond – it is quicker with the much needed release we are after. The sin in this world makes it so very hard. The Lord wants us to live in alignment with His Timing not because He is on some ego trip or even a control freak. No, He invites to live in His Timing because He is Good! God is Good! He is always good! We see His Goodness in His Timing when we choose to wait instead of wandering. When we endure the pressures of this life to live out the perfect will of God!
God has made everything beautiful for its own time. Every situation in our life has the potential to be turned into blessing. When we commit our life moment by moment to the Lord, we must not do so thinking that He is going to come and change everything dramatically in an instant. You think you want that but you really don’t. Change is difficult for people. There are many people who want God’s Best but are unwilling to change to have it. Imagine if God just ripped the rug out from under us. The other thing to consider is the principle of sowing and reaping. Those things you are investing in the Kingdom of God are there to produce something in our life. We do nothing that is pointless. Every second of your life counts to God.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NLT)
For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.
In this collection of moments called time and the life that we are given to cross over its span, we can try to plan it to our perception of perfection but really we find early on that the best kept plan will still require some revising. Everything has a season. See sowing and reaping comes into play here. There is a time for every activity under heaven which means even on our darkest day it is a part of our season. The secret to living in God’s Timing is to have the wisdom and discernment to know what season it is and what time you are living in.
Each morning, I get up at 4:30 AM. Before doing anything, I feed our two little dogs. Now if I get up in the middle of the night or wee hours of the morning, they will stay snuggled in their bed. But if I move an inch around that time, they are right there. They are dogs. They cannot tell time or can they? Each afternoon, I usually arrive home from work around 5:00 PM. Our older dog who has been with us for about 10 years now will lay facing the windows waiting for me to get home. He knows that I feed him as soon as I get home, and he knows when it is almost 5:00 PM. How? He’s a dog. He cannot read the clock or can he? But on the weekends when I do not get up quite as early, he begins to wander the house. He comes to the side of bed and looks for me. He knows that he should be eating long before now. Is this how it works with God and man, too? Do we only look for Him when He takes too long? Or do we live expectantly as our little dog does each day waiting for me to get home? Timing is everything. It is in everything. We must learn to wait on the Lord for His Perfect Timing in an imperfect and impatient world.
Timing is a part of every living creature created by God. He put something in us that knows the concept of time. Human beings were given something even more. He gave us Eternity in our heart. The ability to know and discern time in a whole new way according to the Kingdom of God so we know that moment of hate that there is the potential to love. In the moment of quiet, there will be time to speak. In that moment of brokenness, only means that healing is coming. Let’s face it. Until the Lord returns, there will be sickness, pain and death in this life. There will be pressures, troubles, trials and trauma. But God’s Timing changes everything because it means good will come even in those times. He is our Healer, Comforter, Deliverer and Provider. Our time once committed to the Lord and His Plan bears His Potential. When we bind our moments to Heaven, we allow God’s Power to dictate the outcomes of each moment whether for today, tomorrow or forever.
Time ticks by day by day. You cannot a single moment back to your life once it has passed. Every second in our life has the vast potential to produce something far greater than we can see or do for ourselves. The beauty of time is often at the end and seldom in the beginning. We must learn to embrace time even the hard times knowing that God is doing more than we can think or ask using each moment for our blessing and benefit never harm or destruction.
Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 (NLT)
So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.
People should eat, drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor for these are all God’s Gifts. I want to do big things for God. I want to represent Jesus Christ in all I do. The best way to celebrate the Lord is to live well and embrace life every single beautiful and broken moment of it. I didn’t always do that. I remember as a young mother berating myself if the kids were not perfectly presented. Painstakingly cleaning, organizing and preparing the perfect image to the world. I was so good at it that my own family did not realize that my marriage was a disaster. They were shocked when we separated and divorced. I took the moments of my life and built a beautiful façade. When that façade ended, I was sure that the Lord did not love me anymore and would never use me because I had failed so miserably and now those perfect kids had a broken life. Fast forward to today, sixteen years later, God has blessed our family tremendously. My children, husband and I have taken our time and turned it over to the Lord who has created a beautifully blended family who love Him and serve Him from the broken mess we presented all those years ago. It took time. It took commitment of each moment even those we wanted to take back to build the family unit on the faith we have in God.
Why do I share this with you? I have once again been blown away by God’s Amazing Timing demonstrated recently in our life. It has taken a four-year ordeal to afford me the time to truly see the productivity of our patience. When we invest the good, the bad and even the ugly moments to the Lord stepping back to wait everything my heart desires happens in good time. God Time changes the potential of our life from passive to perfection. Time will continue to slip by. Some moments will be missed in the busyness of life – but not a single one is meaningless or without purpose. Learn to invest those moments back to the Lord. Do not give up. Be committed to seeing the fruit of each season that the Holy Spirit is cultivating in you! You have not missed anything if you are still breathing and still have it all when you give your ALL to Jesus!
Psalm 139:15-17 (NLT)
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!