Do you like endings? Endings of friendships, small groups, seasons of life, lives? Even though each ending often signifies a new beginning in our lives, endings are always hard to take. Have you ever wondered why you don't like endings? God has set eternity in our hearts (Ecc 3:11) and thus since eternity dwells there, we can't help it but to think that endings are sad. I've had some endings in my life this year, all of which I've found myself saddened by to different degrees. However, I cling to the hope that God knows what He is doing after all and have managed after the fog cleared to see some good beginnings peaking through the clouds.
In today's post, I'm going to quote a passage out of my favorite book of the bible, Ecclesiastes. I affectionately call this passage my "Beatles" song verses (for the record, I'm not even a big Beatles fan). God has a purpose for us in this vapor of life we are living. We just need to seek Him to find it. What parts of your life fit into this passage? Can God have them?
1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
9 What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?
10 I have seen the travail, which God hat given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.
11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.