“God had 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.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
I came across this verse while searching for a new wallpaper for my phone. As I was scrolling through Pinterest one caught my eye, beautiful flowers surrounded the words Trust the Process -Ecclesiastes 3:11. That was the one. It was exactly what I needed to be reminded of every day and the encouragement I needed to keep going.
Everything is made beautiful in its time. I’m not a Bible scholar but to me this means that we will see the beauty, the purpose, the reasons for everything one day. That even the messy and messed up can be made beautiful in God’s time. The verse goes on to give us the example of eternity. Today we have the Bible and we can see the whole picture of God’s plan, but everyone prior to Jesus didn’t know God’s plan for eternity and salvation. They didn’t know all the details we know today. They had to trust and live the best they could with what God had revealed to them; and so do we.
Really this is how God works most of the time in our lives. He usually doesn’t give us a road map, or the wisdom we seek written on the wall, or answer our prayers in our timeframe. Many times we are left wondering….Why is this happening? Why am I going through this? What’s His plan? Where is He??
The choice is ours….to turn away in frustration or to trust….Trust God knows what he is doing. Trust He has a plan for my life. Trust that even though I can’t, He can see the beginning to the end. And as my new wallpaper so perfectly puts it…trust the process. Now I’m not going to lie to you, this isn’t easy. It’s not easy to trust while you are deep in the mud and mess that there is rich and vibrant beauty ahead. It’s not easy, but it is possible. It is possible with God.
If you struggle like me in this, take a minute and say this prayer with me. Say it today and say it every day that you need to.
God it’s difficult for me to see your plan and purpose in my life right now. It’s so hard and honestly at times my struggles seem useless and unfair. But in spite of that, I choose to trust you. I choose to trust you have a plan and purpose for my pain. And I choose to believe you can turn my mess into beauty. Beauty for your glory. Give me the strength to keep my faith strong and my eyes on you. And thank you for making everything beautiful in your perfect time.