“He has made everything beautiful in His time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11
The verse doesn’t say, “He will make everything beautiful..”, it says, He HAS made everything beautiful – the present tense of making everything beautiful. He will also do it, in His time – not a schedule or calendar that my weak human self can plan out perfectly, but in His time.
Eternity is placed in their (meaning humans) hearts, with the exception of NOT knowing what work God has for them from beginning to the end. Rest assured God is doing a work, but you just don’t quite know what that looks like. Whether or not you will every know – that’s between you and God.
I’m at this stage of life where I’ve finished my undergrad, am looking forward to starting my new job, while adjusting to living at home again. Sigh. I remember studying the book of Ecclesiastes the summer of graduating high school. The second time I read through the book was in my first year of university – the fall of 2014.
As I read this one verse, I can see that God’s timing has never been off. This verse explains and presents His truth of timing and purpose so much in face, that it’s embarrassing. I’ve been stressing over whether or not I made the right decisions to complete the program I completed at school, whether or not the career path I’ve chosen is really where God wants me to be, and if I’m actually ready to step into this new season of adulting. But, reality hit. I’m not ready. I’m not ready because those previous statements were all about ME.
The truth is, I am declaring a change in perspective and choose to ask God for help to have an eternity perspective, rather than a self-gratification perspective.
As I read Brian Houston’s book. Live Love Lead, this verse is even more amplified:
“Living in the faith lane isn’t a paint-by-numbers picture. It colours outside the lines and sees with different eyes than the world does – eternal eyes with eternal perspective. Your Heavenly Father didn’t create you to live a life of mediocrity.”
The question is – am I living life in the faith lane, surrendering to Jesus all of my doubts and worries?
If I was in the wrong program, wouldn’t God have made me change before finishing 4 years?
If I was not set out for this new job, wouldn’t God have made every possible way for me not to develop an interest and desire to reach children and families in this capacity?
If I am not ready for this next season of adulting, wouldn’t God have prevented me to move forward?
I’m forever imperfect. The spectrum you and I are in are on two opposing sides – I’m imperfect, and You’re the most perfect. Your timing has always been on point with everything You’ve done and delivered me through in the life You’ve blessed me with, thus far. Like the song says, “You’ve made a way, when there was no way, and I believe I’ll see You do it again…” Sigh. Remind me of Your time and You knowing exactly what work needs to be done through me, from beginning to end. This life is for your glory.