When you watch a gardener or landscaper at work, it is difficult to see what plans they have in mind for the piece of ground they are working on. They start out with making a huge mess; digging up the soil, moving plants, stones and everything else from place to place. The ground they are working on is strewn with all sorts of instruments - diggers, dirt collectors, water cans and the rest of it.
The work is tiresome and requires a lot of patience and enormous focus. However eventually, bit by bit, each square inch of the land they are working on begins to take shape. The beauty of their creation starts to come forth. To the gardener or landscaper, he has always had this picture in mind, but had to go through a process of creating it on the ground. To the viewer, this was not so evident, all they could see was a mess, which one day, became beautiful. somehow started to take shape, becoming gradually beautiful.
Thinking about the promise of Ecclesiastes 3:11, it means that at certain points in our lives there will be unavoidable things or events that will appear to be ugly, and will be unwanted and uncomfortable. As you read this I am sure certain issues and circumstances come to mind. Yes, I know I have a few crazy situations of my own, some taller than my 5-foot self!
However we must not be surprised that there are seasons or times when our lives seem ugly, filled with so much strife and confusion. Peter even warns us about this in 1 Peter 4:12 which reads “Beloved, do not be amazed and bewildered at the fiery ordeal which is taking place to test your quality, as though something strange (unusual and alien to you and your position) were befalling you”(AMP). These seasons are sure to come. It is our behaviour during such seasons that is most important.
Expanding Ecclesiastes 3:11 the second part of that verse reads “He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” (NIV)
Though we may never know all that God is doing in our lives, we can always count on the fact that God is preparing our hearts for something great and for eternity.
Be encouraged, your season of trials, however long and heavy they may seem, is brief and light compared to the great things God has done and is doing with and in you. Romans 8:28 encourages us of this.
As you have been promised in Ecclesiastes 3:11, that difficult situation will eventually be beautiful in your sight. I know it is hard, right at this moment it is hard, to conjure up a picture of everything working out fine. This is okay. God’s wonderful plans for you are by definition beyond our imagination as we read in Ephesians 3:20, “God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!” (The Message)
Today, I encourage you to hold on and stay strong. In the good and bad situations, God is STILL GOOD! He has not stopped being good because we go through trials and tribulations. Even those, He will work out for our own good and we will come out as gold golden.
Until you see God’s lovely workmanship taking place, just hold on to His promises, the very ones in His word, the ones He has spoken to you in your private place.
Hold on to the hope that eventually the season of whatever it is you are going through, will be over, and you will find that indeed, He does make everything beautiful in His own time.
Much Love, Remi
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