Wednesday, April 04, 2007

how do you catch a cloud and pin it down?

Woke up in the middle of the night with a busy head and a muddled heart - and the very random thought: "Ecclesiastes 3:9". I didn't have the reference memorized so, intrigued, I looked it up:
What does the worker gain from his toil?

Then verse 10 and 11:

I have seen the burden God has laid on men.
He has made everything beautiful in its time.
He has also set eternity in the hearts of men;
yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

Is God cruel? I don't believe so. At first these verses weighed me down even more than I had been but then I noticed: "He has made everything beautiful in its time." Everything. It reminded me of a quote that I heard once - "Everything is OK in the end. If it's not OK, it's not the end."

I don't pretend to understand the mysteries of God and this scripture seems to tell me that he doesn't expect me to. I cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end but, if I am content to ponder the portion of eternity that my finite heart can handle, if I am content to gain from it instead of my own toil, then will I be content to know:

Everything will be made beautiful in its time.
Everything.

She carries a pearl
In perfect condition
What once was hurt
What once was friction
What left a mark
No longer stings
Because grace makes beauty
Out of ugly things

Grace finds beauty
In everything
- Grace, U2

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

FINALLY!! So good to hear from you again! Everything o.k.? Marilla in BC

Andrew G said...

[deep breath]

snoopy said...

beautiful post.

how do u solve a problem like maria...