Written by Shaun Watkins
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time… Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT)
Ecclesiastes was written by the wisest man to ever live, King Solomon. King Solomon was the son of King David. The same David that killed Goliath. In chapter three of Ecclesiastes Solomon tells us that there is a time for “everything” under the sun, and “everything” is not always beautiful at the time. Solomon tells us that there is a time to be born, a time to die, a time to plant, a time to harvest, a time kill, a time to heal, a time to cry, a time to laugh, a time to grieve, a time to dance, a time to embrace, a time to turn away, a time to search, a time to quit searching, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to speak, a time to be quiet, a time to love , a time to hate, a time for war, and a time for peace. Things that are good and things that don’t always seem to be good.
Last Monday I watched my father-in-law cross from this world into eternity. I have been around several people as they were leaving this world crossing into eternity and I have officiated many funerals, but there was something beautiful this day. I sat and just looked at him and thought, “he is just steps away from where I long to be.” My father-in-law was fixing to walk into the presence of God Almighty because he had given his life to Jesus. I think that is where we should be as believers. Excited! Because everyone of us, with the exception of Christ coming back for His people, will cross from this life into eternity.
Here in Ecclesiastes it tells that there is a season and a time for everything. It tells us that there is a time to be born and a time to die, but after this list Solomon tells us that God will make everything beautiful in its own time. You say, “what can be beautiful about death?” Everything if you are a believer! We have got to stop thinking that death is the end, as believers, death is the beginning!
Think about the death of Jesus. There was absolutely nothing that was beautiful about that. He was beaten, mocked, spit on, stripped naked, falsely accused, a crown of thorns placed on His head, nailed on a cross and took the sins of everyone upon Him. This is the ultimate picture of ugly, but the Word says, “God will make everything beautiful in its on time.” Where is the beauty? The beauty is on the third day that same Jesus walked out of that grave alive! Our God is alive! That’s what is beautiful.
So, today as you walk the journey that is in front of you, we must remember that there is a time for everything. Enjoy the love and laughter and embrace the tears. Regardless of how ugly the path might look right now or how painful each step may seem; God promises that HE will make it BEAUTIFUL in its own time! People cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. King Solomon concludes, there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can (vs 11-12).
We can’t see the whole scope of God’s plan. Even if you could see it, I don’t think that our minds could comprehend it. Rest in the promises of God that He will make it ALL beautiful in His time. Sometimes we have to look past the current situation and know that in His time it will be something beautiful.
So, whatever you are facing today, know that one day it will be beautiful!