At some point we’ve all wondered about God’s timing – right? Why He allows things to happen in the way that He does, and for what reason. It’s one of the great mysteries of our Most High God. 2014 was – to put it mildly - an uncomfortable year for me. After eight months of transitional living in the aftermath of shattered dreams, I was awakened in the night with these words impressed on my heart: “My daughter, it’s time for you to go home.” Honestly that wasn’t what I wanted to here as I was just settling in to a new normal. But once I obeyed, my life and my ministry began to flourish and a fresh rhythm was established. There have been several times recently when I have silently exclaimed “ah ha” as time brought answers for my wandering soul.
In Ecclesiastes 3 we see the famous “in everything there is a season” list. At first consumption of this passage, my heart felt justified to express honest emotions and actions in different stages of life: “a time to grieve and a time to dance.” It’s curious to me that we often deny ourselves this God-given right because of what we, or others, deem “appropriate”.
I believe the bigger meaning behind these verses is described so brilliantly in Mathew Henry’s commentary: “Instead of frozen perfection, there is the kaleidoscopic movements of innumerable processes, each with its own character and its period of blossoming and ripening; beautiful in its time and contributing to the over-all masterpiece which is the work of our Creator”.
So entering into this New Year, I’m resolved to embrace my diverse seasons, continue to move forward, and lead in the midst of loss. Why? Because I trust in the One who sees the beginning and the end.
I encourage you to read Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, giving name to your “times” this past year. Laugh, cry, grieve, and dance. Then rejoice in the fact that these “kaleidoscopic movements” are part of a magnificent work of art that will someday be revealed (Rev. 15:4). When that day comes, we will collectively experience the greatest “ah ha” moment of all time.