Think Long

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 Ecclesiastes 3:11

Read this passage a couple of times.  Let its truth sink into your soul.  He has made everything beautiful in its time.  I don’t know about you but there are more than a few things, or situations, that I just don’t find beautiful at all.  Things that bring pain or destruction or angst.  No, I don’t think everything is beautiful at all. 

Then I read the rest of that sentence…in its time.

There is the key – in its time.

How often do I come to a conclusion that something is wrong or awful or even irreparable when the problem is that I judged it too early?  That broken relationship, that brutal disappointment, that bruised heart…nothing beautiful at all.  And, yet, I need to trust that God’s not done.  In its time is not completed.  God is still at work, unfolding His plan, fulfilling His purpose.  And all will be beautiful.  In its time.

The next sentence gives me the tool that helps me embrace this truth.  Eternal perspective.

Often I cannot know what God is doing or how He intends to use the unbeautiful things in my life to make something glorious.  I long for things like harmony and peace and fulfillment that seem to be elusive.  At least on more than a temporary basis.  That’s because we were made for Eternity.  The longing I live with cannot be satisfied with the things of Earth.  And my heart groans at the insatiable yearnings.

What is to be our response?