For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
What gain have the workers from their toil? I have seen the business that God has given to everyone to be busy with. He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
God has put the timeless into our hearts, without our ever discovering the work which He has done.
Being “of a certain age,” I can’t read this familiar passage without the song from The Byrds playing in my head as I do. Today the reading opened up a new meaning of itself, though, beyond the lesson of patience and fit of act to moment.
Think for a moment about the work of God which we are aware of. Consider the vast oceans, a blade of grass, your mother’s love or your love for another. Consider the work at every university and research lab, consider the work of St. Teresa of Calcutta and every preschool teacher. Think about everything we accomplish here, each day, at St. Louis U. High.
Then consider that we never discover all of the work that God has done and is doing. Like all of the dark matter in the universe, His work is mostly hidden from our view. All we can do is appreciate that God has put the timeless into our hearts, and trust that His work and His will have been and are being accomplished.
And that teaches us patience and acceptance, because we know that our work and what we know are just small parts of all of God’s work, as His work moves inexorably toward fulfillment.
-Mr. Frank Corley, ’77, teaches Math and is the Sophomore Class Moderator at St. Louis U. High.
“For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and it will not be false: even if it is slow in coming, go on waiting for it; because it will certainly come, it will not be kept back.”
— Habakkuk 2:3
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