Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us that “there is a time for every purpose under heaven.” The next seven verses go on to describe many actions for which there is a time, and each one is listed with an opposite action. “A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to tear down and a time to build up.” There is even “a time to keep and a time to throw away.”
Clearly the writer has been around long enough to know that in this life things are always changing. Sometimes it is slow and barely visible, like the opening of a bud or the growth of a child from week to week. Other times it is a total rearrangement of the furniture of our lives that leaves us feeling tossed about like a little boat on the open sea. My mental image for this has been the deck of the Titanic tilted to a 45 degree angle. Everything is sliding, but I don’t think I’m sinking. It is just really hard to keep my balance. Nothing seems sure, but I hear my Abba Father saying He is sure. He is my rock and His love is the ocean beneath me. His mercy and grace are as high as the puffy white cloud mountains in the sky. He says, “I have not abandoned you. I am holding you by the hand. In fact, I am holding you and your entire world in my hand. Trust Me to be God. Trust Me to be good. Because I AM.”
Thank You, Lord! I will trust You. I choose to embrace this time and all its uncertainty, because I know that it is simply the next step in a journey that ends in Your arms. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.