Monday, November 5, 2012

In His Time

You see that beautiful mansion over there….It took months of preparation, laying the right foundation, getting the right plan, the workers..

You see that big strong tree…..It took years from a small plant to this, to be deeply rooted, its roots extending far beyond its trunk..

You see that beautiful painting….It took time to capture the image, to draw, to paint, to get the right strokes, right angle…

You see my dear…Everything takes Time.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says “To everything there is a season. A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die. A time to plant and a time to pluck what has been planted. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to break down and a time to build up. A time to weep and a time to laugh. A time to mourn and a time to dance. A time to cast away stones and a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing. A time to gain and a time to lose. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to sew. A time to keep silence and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate. A time of war and a time of peace”

No one enjoys the time of weeping, the time of laboring but we all must go through these times.

A student might complain about the tons of assignments, having a lot to study but you have to go through those years to get an education, a have a good job in the future

A junior worker might complain of the years he puts in and complain about starting in the junior level but before you get to the top, you have to start somewhere and work your way up there.

An artist struggling to get his album out there, trying and trying might complain about the struggle but even now successful people like TI, Jay Z, Beyonce..actors like Jamie Foxx, Denzel Washington…all started by singing in their local churches, rapping for family, local areas, acting in small films. Before they had their breakthrough.

Sometimes when we are going through the famine, through the war, through the rough times, through the planting season, through the weeping, through the waiting, through the pain. We think God has abandoned us. But I tell you, He has not. He never did and He never will. His timing is just not the same as our timing.

Remember the story of Lazarus’s death. When the people wanted Christ to come quickly but He took his time…even till Lazarus was dead and wrapped. Then He came and said “ Lazarus, come forth” (John 11:43). Remember the story of Christ turning water to wine, when His mother wanted him to hurry and do something, He said “…My Hour has not yet come” (John 2:4) and when He finally turned it into wine, the master of the feast was indeed very pleased with the wine saying  they saved the best wine for last…

God never leaves us…Actually we are the ones who leave him. He said His thoughts towards us are of good and not of evil to bring us to an expected end (Jer 29:11). If you know the story of Job (if you don’t please read it), Job was a man who had so much but it was all taken away from him. Yet in the time of pain, of agony. He did not curse God. He still kept his faith in God and when the time had passed, God blessed him with much more than he initially had.

God is a God on Time, He is a God of order….Just remember His time is not always our time. He does not work on our schedule. His ways are not our ways. Ecl 3:11 “He has made everything beautiful in its time except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end”.

When a child is born, before he becomes an adult, he goes through certain stages…adolescence, becomes a teenager…Every stage before he becomes an adult has its struggles but all is needed to become a wise adult. So also for every stage in our lives, we must overcome its struggles.

So when you going through the tough time, the pain, the struggle, the rain…Remember a rainbow is seen after the rain, not after the sunshine. Also stay steadfast in your faith in God knowing that IN HIS TIME HE MAKES ALL THINGS BEAUTIFUL and will surely make yours beautiful when it is Time….

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