How do you view the timing of events? Do you view them as happening at a specific time for a specific reason? Or do you view them as random occurrences? How do you treat the events as they happen in your life?
There are two typical points of view about events. One viewpoint is things happen randomly and it is mere luck as to whether you are there when they happen or not. The other is things are planned and you were predestined to be there when they happened.
Likely, we all take one or the other of these viewpoints as we go through life. We may take one or the other depending on the event and the particular stage in life we are at. We may look at the coincidence of a deer running in front of our vehicle as random. We may even think that whether we hit the deer or avoid it as luck.
On the other hand, we may look at a job opening coming at just the right time and our obtaining it as being predestined or the work of God. We often attribute large events such as these to God, His omnipotence, and Him being in control.
As we look at the first eight verses of Ecclesiastes 3, we see there is a time for everything. The writer mentions timings of behavior. Some of them are emotional while others are attitude. He contrasts them one verses the other. We also see there are physical behavior contrasts. As we might view them, some are positive while some are negative. Regardless, the key is there is a time for all of these to happen.
As we look at the timing, it may help us get through the tough times, knowing a better time is coming. It can also help keep us grounded, knowing during really good times to prepare for the bad times we know will come. In all cases, we know none of them will last forever.
I pray we all remind ourselves God is in control. I pray we remember times change and there is a time for everything. I pray each one of us stay well-grounded and trust God in all circumstances. Times change. There is a time for everything. Know that God is in control. Trust God in all situations.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: