“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace… He has made everything beautiful in its time.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, 11)
According to Solomon, ‘there is a time and season for everything.’ This means that there is a God-ordained time for pleasant events such as laughter, embracing, and peace; and there is a God-ordained time for unpleasant events such as mourning, weeping and tearing down.
Solomon also tells us that these two contrasting groups of events are not enemies, but rather co-laborers which are working together in order to keep in motion the pendulum of our earthly pilgrimage. Solomon says that God uses both types of events in order to eventually make ‘everything beautiful in its time.’ The backward and forward motion of the pendulum is crucial to enable a clock to run with longevity and accuracy. So also is God’s will for our lives. We need both sunshine and the rain.
Perhaps you are currently experiencing a swing of the pendulum towards sorrow. Don’t fret. The pendulum will not burst through the side of the clock and keep going in this direction forever. God has set its limit and in His time it will finish its course and begin making its way back towards the other side.
Or perhaps you are currently experiencing a time of celebration. Don’t hang on to your euphoria too tightly. It too has a season and at God’s appointed moment, the circumstances of your life may change and you will find yourself headed towards the other side.
Yet regardless of which way the pendulum is currently swinging, always keep in mind that it is only temporary and a vital part of God’s process of developing us. In the end, everything will be beautiful in its time.