Yesterday I had one of those difficult days. Whatever I tried didn’t exactly go wrong, it just didn’t go right. Or at least not easily. At around 5.30, I decided to write it off and go for a run. However, as soon as I set off, I knew even that was going to be tough. The sun was still strong, I realised I hadn’t drank enough water throughout the day and my legs seemed heavy from a couple of days before. Forty minutes later I arrived home. My muscles were aching and sweat was stinging my eyes. However, as soon as I got into the garden, I was pleased that I had still ventured out.
The reason that I am ‘downloading’ my diary is simple. Our daily struggle is as much as part of life as our ease. In the same way, our pain is as important as our joy. I want to leave you then with these famous words from Ecclesiastes. I am of course, very tempted to comment on them and to draw your attention to some wonderful truths within the passage. However, I have decided to simply encourage you to pray and to ask that God by his Holy Spirit would speak to you through them in order to help and guide you through the season in which we are living.
For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.
What do people really get for all their hard work? I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labour, for these are gifts from God.
And I know that whatever God does is final. Nothing can be added to it or taken from it. God’s purpose is that people should fear him. What is happening now has happened before, and what will happen in the future has happened before, because God makes the same things happen over and over again.
Every blessing, Gareth.