A Time for Everything
3 For everything there is a season, and la time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to rrefrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
The God-Given Task
9 What gain has the worker from his toil? 10 I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 11 He has amade everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 12 I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; 13 also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.
14 I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him. 15 That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ec 3:1–15). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
I have a really really good teacher. Honestly. My teacher is my friend.
This week I preached the gospel to this lady who is a dish clearer in a food court. We go out everyday to eat and at times we go to this food court. My husband is not too happy about it but in the last two years, we seem to have made a friend in a lady that clears out the dishes. She comes and makes conversation when she is on duty for quite a long time. She tried to look at my What’s App when it ping-ed. But I felt quite taken aback. She came back from Australia as a cook after two years but she never synced with the locals. She just cooked in the kitchen, went home to her kids and that was that. One of her kids is still in Australia. The other one finished university there. He is an accountant. She would spend a lot of time asking about us and this week, it seemed, all the other table clearers seemed to urge her to find out about us.
It was at the point of not allowing her to read my messages that I wondered what I was going to do. So, I decided to preach the gospel.
She had heard all about it in Australia. She had converted to Buddhism fifteen years ago and was not going to change religions. She knew about Jesus.
When we had left, I asked the Lord what it was all about.
He answered me.
She goes into the canteen where everyone chats and talks. The cooks. The twenty different food stalls. The cleaners. Just everyone. She boasted about not believing in Jesus to all of them, the Lord said. He had used the gospel I had preached to her, so she could preach to all of them. Boasting how she would not believe. He said, she told hundreds. Boasting.
God uses us in ways we could ever imagine.
Another thing. After three to four days of thought here about the point in the time line where I was beautifully and wonderfully made, I have concluded.
The lamb was slain before the foundations of the earth. There is no way we could know at which point in God’s perfect timing this happened. We can only grasp that it happened before He created the heaven and the earth. God spoke all things into being and they became. So so so, we were beautifully and wonderfully made at that point in time. Having been. Then became. And then to become.
There is only one point in time in the time line. Before the foundations of the earth. As if God says it. It is. As He is.
And and and, remember Daniel and his prayers being answered but it took time for him to be told.
God is like this.