Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Day 31: Big Eyes & God's Timing: It's Alright

"Me and Ryan G. can make the best of things, almost anywhere, and it seems to me a metaphor for life: We go from town to town and make the best of what's around. And it's alright..."

Today's part of Ecclesiastes is about timing. God's, not ours. (It's a good one, and encouraging in a unique sort of way--if you don't usually read the passages, this is worth the extra click to check out). King Solomon talks about pulling back to see the big picture, and how even with our best human effort, we can't possibly see how God is fitting pieces together over the broad span of time and space. During our lifetimes here on earth, he suggests, we'll never understand. But we'll keep trying. Why? Because God has "set eternity in the hearts of men." That line captivates me. It describes how and why we're caught in this tension of seeing the beauty around us and yet still always longing for something more.

C.S. Lewis put it well when he said, "“If I discover within myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world." But for now, we're in this world, longing for things. What do we do about that?

I think Ryanhood has a great starting place. It sounds glib, but it's not, not really. We could do worse than to go from town to town and make the best of what's around. This looks different for each of us, of course. During some seasons of life we go from office cube to office cube, or grocery store to post office running errands, or doctor's visit to treatment center. But with God, we can make the best of what's around. We can ask Him to give us eyes to see, to expand our awareness of His big picture.

Doing this, for me at least, is like flossing or working out. Every single time I've tried it, it's been a spectacular improvement, making me wonder, "Why did I ever stop?" (the question that has no answer). The truth is, it doesn't matter why we stop, just that we start up again.

Today, let's go from town to town and make the best of what's around. And when you see part of that "best," drop a comment so we can notice, too.

My first "best" this morning? Opening Ecclesiastes (with a little bit of dread, expecting another meditation on meaninglessness) and seeing this encouragment about how God's got a time for everything. Nice surprise :)


Sarakastic said...

While on a car trip I didn't want to be on I discovered a gas station that still pumps gas for it's customers.

Breeza said...

What a great time to read this chapter. It is so true and I need the reminder that it is God's timing. I love that "God plants eternity in the hearts of men". Beautiful

Stella said...

Kinda' jazzed that King Solomon thought that animals have a spirit (Ecclesiastes 3:21)!!! I want all my pets past and present to romp with me in Heaven!!! Whoo-Hoo!!!

Confession: I get restless waiting on God's timing ... I'm like the kid in the backseat of the car who keeps asking "Are we there yet?" I'm excited for the journey, but when will we get "there"? Will I like it? Will it be as I expected? Reflecting back and if I remember correctly, I just had to trust that my daddy had planned the journey, and all the stops in between, and that we'd arrive eventually.


PS--Whoo Hoo (again) ... my Ryanhood CD just arrived!!!