He Makes Everything Beautiful in His Time

master plan

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. ~Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV

About this time last year my family and I were settling into our new home. It was a time a transition for us. The above verse resonated with me as I unpacked boxes and gradually found just the right places for all our stuff.

Something peaceful filled my heart knowing that God makes everything beautiful in His time.

His time.

This time last year, there were moments when I wanted  speed some things up. There were house projects to be done. I wanted to fast forward and feel settled in—but it takes time to transform a house into a home.

It takes time.

We still have a growing list of house projects. We probably always will, but our place feels like home now.

Today, the above verse in Ecclesiastes came to mind again but for different reasons. The past few weeks have been filled with a few changes—good changes, but changes that have also stretched me outside of my comfort zone and filled my calendar with lots to do.

Once again, that peaceful reminder that God makes everything beautiful in His time, is a comfort to my soul.

The truth is, God has a master plan. He has a plan for each of our lives. And the greatest thing we can ever do is yield to His perfect plan and allow it to unfold in His timing. When we do, we can rest assured that He who began a good work in us will carry out until the day of completion.

He makes everything beautiful in His time.

Just like it takes time to transform a house into a home, it takes time for God to transform us into His likeness. It takes time for His plans to unfold. 

If we focus too heavily on trying to fast forward to the  “settled in” moments, we loose sight of the beauty and importance of this moment. There is a purpose for the uncomfortable moments, for the joyful moments, for the confusing moments, and for the laughter-filled moments. Our unchanging God intertwines it all, and makes everything beautiful in His time.

These flowers on my back deck blossomed into something beautiful over time this Summer.

These flowers on my back deck blossomed into something beautiful over time this Summer.


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hannah

 

 

 

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I Am

I Am

Flashes of light peeked through the window as I was putting my son to bed last night. And thunder echoed in the background.

No raindrops that I could hear. Just a light show with music—God’s music.

The lyrics, they were comforting. Sweet reminders that He is still in control—always has been and always will be. Assuring whispers that He still holds the world in His Mighty Hands and He’s not letting go. Glowing truth that no amount of darkness can ever hide the Light.

Peace filled my soul. A sort of peace that passes all understanding.

My sweet boy dozed off. Peacefully sleeping.

As I made my way to the living room, the light show carried on. And the music, it kept playing.

When I peered out the window glowing beams lit up my every nook and cranny of my neighborhood. Flash after flash after flash. They just kept coming.

It’s as if with each bright flash and bursting note I could hear this:

I Am…

The Alpha and The Omega.

The Beginning and The End.

The Holy and Righteous One.

The Everlasting One True King.

The Shepherd to the lost.

The Defender of the weak.

The Healer to the wounded.

The Father to the fatherless.

The Giver of all things good.

The Hope for all of humanity.

The Way.

The Truth.

The Life.

I Am,

and I always will be.

A while later the streets were glazed with moisture. The rain calmly trickled down—“God’s sprinklers” as my son says.

Be still my precious daughter. Be still and know that I Am God. I hold the whole wide world in My Hands. I’ll make good out of it all.

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hannah

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Guest Post: A Very Present Help

Valerie from Atlanta Mom of Three is so kind to share this guest post with us today! Her welcoming and friendly personality are a blessing to me and so is her writing. She is an encouragement to moms and beyond, so make sure to visit her wonderful site and say hello. Thank you Valerie for this uplifting message!!

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A Very Present Help
I have a little page-a-day calendar on my refrigerator. There is a verse for every day during the work week, and then weekend days share a verse. I have loved having it in my kitchen for these last eight months! Each morning (mid-morning, usually – a girl has to have her coffee first!) I read the verse and I ponder it, even if only for a few minutes. Sometimes, though, when it’s a verse I’ve known for most of my life, I (unintentionally) overlook it. I don’t mean to, but I do.

On August 8th, however, I read the day’s verse and new meaning shone through an “old” verse right away. It read –

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

I’ve heard those words – known those words – for many years. They’ve been a source of encouragement to me in the past, but that morning the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to one word, in particular, that changed (or, enhanced) the verse for me. ~ PRESENT ~

Why would He single out this one word? Because it means something really important!

  1.  being, existing, or occurring at this time or now; current
  2.  at this time; at hand; immediate

Okay, think of all the sources of help that you can. If you had an emergency or problem, where would you find help? Persons that come to my mind are police, fire fighters, doctors, family members, friends, and others who care about my well-being.

Now, think about how quickly that help arrives when you need it. Are any of them PRESENT with you? All the time? No! But that’s okay because GOD IS!! Think of the awesomeness of that! He is a very present help in trouble. He is always, ALWAYS there!

If you’re one of His children, you don’t ever have to feel alone. Whether you’re having a good day or a challenging one, He’s there. He is PRESENT.

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littleValerie blogs over at Atlanta Mom of Three. She loves sharing encouraging posts for other wives and mothers, writing mostly about marriage, pregnancy, and motherhood. She also shares posts about her faith as the Lord leads her.

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