"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:” – Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)
Solomon goes on to describe the different times of human experience — the “everything” in different seasons of our lives.
I remember sitting in church as our seven-month-old granddaughter, Gracie Yvonne Marie Vincent, was dedicated to the Lord! I was sitting between Gracie, who was just starting her life, and my 92-year-old father, who was nearing the end of his life. I thought about the next line of Solomon’s poem, “A time to be born and a time to die," and how God is present in both of those moments — and all the in-between times! The wonder of it, is that God inserts Himself into our time on earth. Jesus did that physically for 33 years, and now, God is present in our time through His Holy Spirit.
Since working with Gogo Grandmothers, I have learned that the rhythms of time on this earth, for the vast majority of the world’s population, are very clear — “a time to plant and a time to uproot” — “a time to mourn and a time to dance.” The pendulum of time swings from joy to pain -- joy to pain. For many children the pendulum of time swings from hungry to full, to hungry again.
But together, we make a difference! Babies are given a healthier start -- youth have an opportunity to grow in wisdom -- and the very old are given love and hope before they die. This reminds me of the words Solomon uses to sum up his thoughts about time: “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.” -- Ecclesiastes 3:11
When I feel like there’s NOT enough time for everything, it is usually because I am focusing on my “everything” and not on the time God has given me to fulfill His purposes in each season of my life. We can’t really fathom all that God has done, even from the beginning to the end of our own lives. And many things will be left to eternity to be made beautiful! But in our time, in our season, we have the joy of engaging with God in making some things very beautiful!