I was reading through Ecclesiastes 3. The passage is nothing short of familiar. However, there is something about re-reading familiar bible passages that with each re-reading of any bible verse along with much contemplation and reflection, a new perspective and a deeper understanding of its meaning is forged. 🙂 It’s all part of the growing process.
When I was walking along the river, I saw 2 beautiful black swans on the water. I couldn’t resist snapping a shot. It reminded me of one of my favourite children’s books “The Ugly Duckling” about how the unattractive cygnet shunned by all the other ducks transformed into a stunning creature over time. God in His own time makes everything and every situation whether good or bad in our lives beautiful, even though it might not seem so at the time. Life is full of seasons and transitions. Sometimes they are uncomfortable at the time but on hindsight they are really blessings in disguise. I’ve learnt that sometimes God will lovingly allow our worlds to fall apart so that we can learn that our security lies in him alone – not in ourselves or other people. As the potter shapes the clay, it is part of his moulding and refining us into the person He wants us to become for His glory.
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
What does the worker gain from his toil?
I have seen the burden God has laid on men.
He has made everything beautiful in its time.
~ Ecclesiastes 3: 1 -11
If you are reading this post, I hope the passage sheds a new perspective for you like it did for me. No matter how tough or impossible a situation might be, remember it is only temporary. There is a season for everything in our lives to shape us and help us grow because God cares! 🙂