Be sad and be glad…


Ecclesiastes 3 New International Version (NIV)

1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,

4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

9 What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 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. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.

Time is a theme i much like to write about. When mama passed away, I wrote about “a time to be born and a time to die” in her eulogy. Few weeks after she died, I attended a wake and a wedding.
3 Sundays ago, papa passed on. 2 Sundays ago, I attended a wedding. Yesterday, I attended a wake. Again, there is a time to be sad and a time to be glad; a time to shed tears and a time to share laughter.

For me, these are times for both – grief and joy; lament and praise. Why?
Because God has made everything beautiful in its time. Its time – we often say in His time. Today I am reminded, it is about ‘ITS’ time – the time to do as time is set for whatever is to be done; a time to be whatever fitting for the time to be.

Because God has also set eternity in my heart… eternity is a sense of timelessness – essence of continuing actions and reactions simultaneously happening in my heart and thoughts.

Indeed, no human mind can understand what God has done since the beginning of time – nor will we ever imagine what God will do till the end of time.

Today is a time to rejoice because God has made it so that man can find nothing better than to be happy and to do good while they are in time. To be happy – to be born, to plant, to laugh, to dance… To do good even when uprooting, to comfort people and seek comfort in grieving and mourning; to do good in rejoicing with those who rejoice and to do good in grieving with those who grieve. This is what God called me to do today… to be happy and to be sad; to laugh and to weep.. because there is a time for everything and everything in its time.

How about you friend? Where are you now in time? Do you know the God who created you… the Creator of time? What are you doing with your time?


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