Ecclesiastes 3:11 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.
The first part of this verse is justly famous, but what the whole verse is talking about is perspective. We don’t see from the beginning to the end of anything, really, because we don’t see the repercussions of even small events. The rather fanciful example has been postulated of a butterfly in Brazil causing a hurricane in the US. That is absurd, because it cuts God out of the equation entirely. The focus here is not that everything has consequences, but that God arranges things because He knows what the consequences will be. As the old Southern Gospel hymn says, “We will understand it better by and by.” The point for human beings is to trust that God is God and seek to be obedient to Him, because only He can indeed see the end from the beginning. He has given us a glimpse of eternity, yet for the most part we are totally absorbed in the past, present, and future as we see it, rather than from the perspective of eternity the way God does. This is what faith is all about.
I’ve certainly had plenty of times with being absorbed – obsessed – with the flow of time as I’m experiencing it. However, the more years I spend on this earth the easier it is to gain perspective, and patient endurance does grow. I was noticing at the dentist the other day that even there, my ability to deal with pain is improved. That doesn’t mean it’s any less painful, it means that I have a deeper grasp of its impermanence. With two young grandsons in the house at the moment, it’s easy to see that they are totally absorbed in the moment, either enjoying it or protesting it. I’m not to discard the enjoyment, but I’m not to get worked up over the things that aren’t enjoyable. The time they will be here will have plenty of both! I am to keep myself available as an instrument of God’s blessing to those around me, both family and otherwise, and not overlook the blessings He has for me in the process.
Father, thank You for Your grace. Thank You for the day yesterday and all it held. Thank You for today and all it will hold. Thank You that I can trust You with every bit of it. I ask Your anointing as I speak this morning and as I do marriage counseling this afternoon, that I would be a clean, responsive instrument for You to speak through. May my words and my actions, not just then but throughout the day, be beautiful indeed in Your sight, drawing people closer to You, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!