Merriam-Webster defines eternity as, “time without an end.” Without an end…y’all, that is a very long long time!!
You’re probably thinking, “yeah, well duh, Hayley…its, uh, never ending..I’d say that’s pretty long.” And yes…exactly..but humor me for just a moment and reeeeeally think about eternity.
From A to B is farther than we can even imagine; it is immeasurable. Keep that in mind, my dear ones, as we continue…
We, as normal humans, are always so anxious to see God work in our lives (can you blame us? It’s an awesome thing to witness & be a part of); we try hard to have patience, which at times becomes impossible.
So we go to our mentors & pastors asking for their input. Usually resulting in the, ever familiar & true (yet somewhat worn out, if we’re being honest): “it will all happen in God’s timing.”
To which we (can have a tendency to roll our eyes and) look to our ‘patience verses’ about love being patient or the disciples be patient or what have you… Then we wait a week or two and become anxious again and we start tapping our feet & pointing our watches at God. [not excusing what we do, just being real y’all]
Maybe one of the verses we should be looking at is Ecclesiastes 3:11 “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
So God does it all in HIS timing which, in the end, should be our timing.
We should all want to be on God’s timeline because, well it’s perfect, duh.
BUT God has always been around, since the beginning of time, and will exist for ETERNITY – that’s forever and ever and ever amen – and until we make it to our eternal home we have no real concept of eternity. We are too used to worldly timing; however, God understands eternity’s time…and that’s the timeline He’s always been working on.
So while we sit around agonizing over the 6 months it took to see our prayer answered, that’s less than the blink of an eye to God.
Let’s actually break this verse down…
“He has made everything beautiful in it’s time.” He makes our mess beautiful to Him in His perfect timing.
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 4:17, “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”
So, hold tight brother or sister — wherever this post may find you, your struggles are being used for AN ETERNAL PURPOSE, they will be made beautiful and glorious.
Isaiah 61:3 says He turns our ashes to beauty.
And if you still aren’t convinced….Romans 8:28 says, “and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who have been called according to His purpose.”
Good (or in Ecclesiastes, beautiful) isn’t always our idea of good but I assure you that when you trust in Him and walk in His ways all good things necessary to fit His plan will be given to you. He will not ask something of you if He has not provided the means to do it and He will not leave you unfinished…be “confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6.
Moving on to the next little chunk of Ecclesiastes 3:11, “He has also set eternity in the human heart…”
We are hard-wired by our Creator to desire and run towards something better and bigger and more permanent than us and what we’ve got going on right now down here on this big ole rock.
We were made to long for our ETERNAL home with our Abba Father.
Lastly, “..yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
While we yearn for our never-ending Heaven, our finite minds can’t quite understand all that that encompasses.
I may be speaking for myself, though I highly doubt it; we don’t understand much beyond the years we’ve been here on earth. Sure, we hear about the things that happened before we were born, but do we really understand them?
For example, (disclaimer: this is going to be a crazy hayley comparison, just hang tight & laugh with me) we weren’t here to experience…the Civil War, so I would dare to say that no…we don’t know exactly what it looked, smelled, felt, and sounded like..it’s similar with eternity.
We have no real grasp of eternity. We “can’t fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
We read these things & He has placed them on our hearts to desire but its hard to step out of our world and into His Word. It’s hard to understand the way He works. It’s hard to see the big picture with our small minds.
But we can try. We can attempt to understand what has been placed in our hearts and we do that by getting to know THE ONE who has placed it there.
We need to delight ourselves in the Lord and get in on what He is doing instead of asking Him to get in on what we are doing.
Pray this over yourself, I dare you. Ask Him to direct your steps as it fits His plan. Get into His Word. Surround yourself with His followers. Know that He has a plan for your life, let Him lead; hedge yourself in Him and let Him make everything beautiful in it’s time.
I guess what I’m getting at here is that maybe when we try to truly understand God’s timing and the limitless amount of time He (and ultimately we) has (have), patience will become a lot easier for us to grasp.
So…stay patient, stay humble, stay faithful, stay trusting.
Serve Him as He works all things for the good of His purpose in His beautiful timing.