He has made everything beautiful in its time. Ecclesiastes 3:11

Ecclesiastes 3:1–14

Ecclesiastes 1–3; 2 Corinthians 11:16–33

This month we sent off  my lastborn child to college. I’m surprised that I managed to get back to the airport after spending my early hours trying to convince God to find a way for me to stay with my child. We both couldn’t hold back our tears. As we said good bye.  I have so enjoyed my eighteen years of daily life with her that I am saddened by her being away from me. Yet I wouldn’t rob her of the opportunity that lies ahead simply because I’ll miss her. At this juncture in her life, it is fitting for her to embark on a new journey to discover adulthood and explore another part of the God’s world..

As this season of my parenting draws to a close, another one begins. It will undoubtedly bring both new challenges and new delights. Solomon, Israel’s third king, wrote that God appoints “a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). We humans have little control over the events of our lives—whether we view those events as favorable or not. But God, in His mighty power, makes “everything beautiful in its time” (v. 11).

In seasons of heartache, we can trust God to bring something good from them in time. Our comforts and joys may come and go, but God’s works “will endure forever” (v. 14). We may not relish every season—some are quite painful—yet He can bring beauty to them all. 

Father, You have permitted this season in my life. Help me to be content in the midst of it and to recognize Your power and might are at work.

God brings beauty from all seasons.