Beautiful In His Time

It takes time to grow in our relationship with the Lord.

And maybe just now, you are feeling frustrated about how long everything takes.

I know the feeling, my friend. So here’s a promise when time seems to be our nemesis.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time” according to Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NKJV).

There is a process in the making of the beautiful. And it does take time. But you can know without a doubt that something beautiful is in the works. God promises.

We see the relationship between growth and time even in God’s creation.

I was walking through a rose garden recently and I saw this beautiful white rose. And right next to it was a small rosebud, not yet in bloom. But I knew, with time, it would be in full bloom, just like the one nearby.

These roses teach us the truth of Ecclesiastes 3:11, that God is at work in our lives, making us grow and blossom into something beautiful.

Our struggle is often with the time involved in our lives. We are a microwave society and want everything to happen now. We are greatly in need of patience, wisdom, and peace. Thankfully, the Lord has not left us to ourselves, but has given us the Holy Spirit as our Counselor and Teacher (John 14:16-20). He helps us through the tough times, giving us everything we need in every circumstance of life.

Something else that helps us in the timing of things in our lives is remembering God’s sovereignty and control. His ways and thoughts are higher than ours according to Isaiah 55:8-9. There is a comfort in this truth knowing that God is doing something that is incomprehensible to us. According to God’s Word, He is good and compassionate, and is making something beautiful of us, though we may not see it now. We really need to take Proverbs 3:5 seriously, and apply those words to our own lives — Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.

Remember, it is the very touch of God that makes you beautiful. Nothing is ever impossible when God is at work. He can take the most desperate of circumstances and turn it for good and make something lovely out of it.

At the beginning of the biography of my favorite Christian poet, Annie Johnson Flint, entitled The Making Of The Beautiful, the author writes of her life —

This life at best would have been garbed in drab or grey but for the touch of God. Its well-nigh forty years spent as a “shut-in” within the compass of four walls, with the occasional break of an excursion in an invalid chair, would only have attained to one colour. And any expression of sound would have been in monotone…But the touch of the Almighty did something more than that for this one…God took this life in its coulourless shade and sorrow, and touched it with all the hues of the rainbow. And then He made its monotony burst into tones whose harmonies have blessed the world in their blending of the highest and deepest notes of human experience.
Rowland Bingham in The Making Of The Beautiful

Annie Johnson Flint has written so much beauty in poetry with a depth and truth that is, to me, unparalleled in words. I have always said that you cannot write what you do not know. She has written this way because in her deep suffering of crippling arthritis, she walked with the Lord, was intimate with Him, and knew, from firsthand experience, the touch of the Master’s Hand.

We, too, can know His touch, and grow in His grace, and bloom even where we are planted.

So, dear friend, remember that “God is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13).

And remember the story of these two roses, one in full bloom, and one in the making, still a bud, yet someday blossoming and beautiful.

God bless you and may you continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!

Catherine

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He has made everything beautiful in its time.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 NKJV

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