Words from the Heart for Sunday September 11th, 2016
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 (NIV)
Eternity Set in the Heart
Change can be quite unsettling for some. Many people like the familiar. The trouble is not that life changes, but that we only see a small sliver of the intricate design of time. We long to know the meaning of time. Thank God for how He has filled the beginning to the end with purpose, order, and design – even for your life!
The other day I was driving into a small town in cottage country north of Toronto and we were welcomed by a large inuksuk, a traditional Inuit symbol that has been described as the heart of Canada. As Canadians we are known around the world for our friendliness. It’s a characteristic that may be related to the centuries-old tradition of dealing with a harsh, often unforgiving climate and landscape. We have always needed the help of others in order to live in this country, and, while there is definitely a core of rugged individualism, it’s tempered by a sense of friendliness and communal spirit that represents the very best of Canadian values. The Inuksuk mirrors this Canadian spirit of friendship and community, and particularly one in the shape of a person – it signifies safety, hope and friendship.
God is in control of this world. In spite of how terrible things seem to be in our world, our hope as followers of Jesus is that God is in control of our lives and this world that He loves. If there is a promise in the Bible that every human being needs to cling to in our day, its 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.” In a world all too similar to ours, the author of Ecclesiastes noticed that in spite of all the challenges that nations and individuals face, God has the power to make everything beautiful. It may not happen in our time, or when we would like to see Him do this, but our timetable isn’t necessarily His. God has time for everything and our call is to simply trust. We think in terms of seconds, minutes, hours and days. God thinks in terms in eternity and He has put eternity into the hearts of every human being. From our perspective, we find it difficult to see what God is doing. Someone described it this way – we are like frogs on a lily pad. We only see what is happening immediately around us. God is like an eagle soaring over the pond. He sees the big picture. Let’s trust that He will indeed make everything beautiful in its time.
These have been words from the heart.