There’s a song that’s been haunting me for over a week now. Haunting me in a good way, in that it brings me back to my teenage years, reminding me that my life has passed in one sweet blink of time.

It’s by an obscure, one-album band that spun an entire song from a quote by Henry Van Dyke:

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.

I wonder if anyone else remembers this hunk of vinyl that held so many of the songs I loved–Bombay Calling, White Bird, Girl with No Eyes, Hot Summer Day–and this one, a favorite during my bohemian period at about age 16: Time Is.

Yes, that was me. And I guess it kind of still is. Because I think a lot these days about how I’m spending my time…whether I’m doing anything that will have lasting value.

Which brings me to Ecclesiastes 3, and yet another song by another long-ago band that spins right out of verses 1-8. From Solomon to the Byrds…who knew?!

Scripture:

Ecclesiastes 3:11 & 15: “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…. 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.”

Application:

I just find it so interesting that history really does repeat itself, that nothing under the sun is truly new (Ecclesiastes 1:9)–not today any more than it was 3,000 years ago when Solomon wrote these words. And yet God continues to make it all beautiful for its own time. We just need a bit of hindsight (and maybe some good old songs from the sixties) to see it. And sometimes we need the nudge of a friend or the hammer-hit of a crisis to prompt us to look within and to “turn, turn, turn.”

Prayer:

Father, I’m so grateful for everything that led me to pick up a Bible at last. Through Your Word I’ve learned that change is inevitable, strife is temporary, and to everything there is a season.

So I thank You for all of the seasons of life You’ve given me to enjoy…and to then let go of as I move into the next.

Thank You for giving me people to love throughout each of those seasons, and for my confident faith in knowing that the eternity You have planned for me is even better than this sweet blink of earthly life. I pray for those who don’t know You yet–that You will open their eyes and their hearts to who You are. Thank You for giving all of us time to “turn, turn, turn” to the eternal life You’ve promised to those who love You. Amen.

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