Friday, February 8, 2013

Everything Beautiful In its Time

Everything Beautiful Ec 3:11, originally uploaded by Ransome.

He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NASB) 

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV

There is beauty and harmony in all of of God's works. This can not be said of the works of Mankind. Man attempts to create beauty and harmony, but all of his attempts pale in comparison with the mighty works of God.

Late snow does not surprise  - Early buttercups

The works of God are perfectly made, perfectly timed and in perfect harmony. The beauty of a woodland Spring flower is perfect. It is delicate and fleeting.  It seems as though it could not survive the often extreme weather of early Spring — but it is perfectly timed. If it blossomed sooner it would not have the proper insects to complete the pollination there would be no seeds for the next generation.  If it does not push through the ground and flower early enough, then the full leaves of the overhead trees will rob it of the necessary sunshine to complete its life cycle.  All the wildflowers and trees of the woods are perfectly times for new growth, flowering and seed dispersion.

Milkweed seeds

Yet time is like a prison, a curse, a burden for Man. God is eternal. He knows, sees and exists in past, present and future. But God has placed eternity in our heart. Because of this 'eternity' we can not be completely satisfied by earth, or any of its pleasures. Mankind has a longing for eternity — a longing to be with God forever. We may try to ignore it. We may pretend not to care, but heaven is our home. We have a heartfelt homesickness for heaven.

This eternity in our heart also enables us to see that our Sovereign God will bring all of His creation to completion and beauty at the proper time. For this moment life may seem to be a mess.  Sorrows, pain, illness, finances and tears may overwhelm us. The timing of these events in our life may not be as we would like them, but HE Will make everything beautiful in its time. If you haven't yet accepted Jesus as your Savior — is it time now?

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