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Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 – There's an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth
- A right time for birth and another for death,
A right time to plant and another to reap. (MSG)
My dad passed on about six years ago now. He had lived a good long life, bloomed where he was planted, and left a legacy for his children and grandchildren. There was sadness and grieving and pain, though; my dad was gone.
Some friends gave me a couple of peony bushes in memory of my father. I bought one to plant in memory of my mother. They both loved springtime. They loved to make plants grow; they loved to watch the garden grow; they were thrilled to see flowers blooming. Every spring when my peony plants poke through the ground, I do remember my loving parents.
I am thrilled with the lovely pink and white flowers that bloom. In a very few short weeks, though, the beautiful flowers have wilted and faded — the petals have fallen off. All that is left is the green leaves. And yet, that is beautiful in a different way, as well. I still think of my parents when I see the green foliage, and I know that they live on in glory and in my heart.
This spring, my thoughts went another route. I realized how short life is. My mom lived to be only in her mid-fifties, whereas my dad lived to reach eighty-seven — more than thirty years longer than my mother. They both lived life to the fullest and pursued their God-given dreams.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 – God made everything beautiful in itself and in its time. (MSG)
In God's eyes, the difference of thirty years is like a blink of the eye. In comparison to eternity, it is nothing. Like my peony blossoms that last a few short weeks, so is life. Seventy, eighty, ninety, or even one hundred years are just a blink, when compared to eternity.
Are we preparing for that time when we will be called to eternity to meet our Maker? What can we do to prepare? What will we say when we stand before the God of heaven and earth?
Prayer: O God, life is short. As we get a bit older, we realize it anew. Help us, we pray, to keep eternity ever before us, knowing that our time will come to meet You face to face. Please show us the areas that need to be removed in our lives. Help us to submit to those changes and yield to Your working in our lives. We give You the honour and glory and praise. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.