“Are You Crying?” (Ecclesiastes 3:4)

The other day, I was watching a television show with my daughter. It was a show about a young doctor in training and she had recorded it, in anticipation of a time when she and I could view it together. As we sat on the sofa, we bantered and joked about the realism of the situations and medical plausibility of some of the scenes. There were hardly any moments when we were not conversing or laughing. The episode ended on bittersweet note and at the end, tears began to well in my eyes. My daughter looked over at me and asked, “Are you crying?”

 

“Yes,” I nodded. “But not for the reasons you think.”

 

I am very sentimental. I cherished the moment I just shared with my daughter. No deadlines, no work, no school- just a moment when time stood still and we enjoyed each other’s company. As the moment ended, I lamented the fact that moments like this were all too rare and would be become even more infrequent in less than two years, when my daughter leaves for college.

 

…a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance…

Ecclesiastes 3:4 (ESV)

 

The Bible reminds us life is an endless progression of seasons of change. This is not an extraordinary revelation. Secular, religious, and Christian scholars and writers have all noted the inexorable march of time. And indeed, if this Bible passage ended here, I would continue to drown in sentimental gushings and self-pity. For much of my life, there was no lifeline of hope. But God, through His grace and mercy, showed me the Truth.

 

My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh. The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.

Ecclesiastes 12:12-13 (ESV)

 

The hope we have is in God alone. Our lives are not a series of random occurrences or chance encounters. God did not create us and then allow us to randomly wander through this life, seemingly powerless to control events. No. He is directing every moment of our life. He makes sense of the times of weeping, of laughter, of pain, and of sorrow. And if we seek His Kingdom first, He promises to bless us, exceedingly abundantly.

 

The fleeting moment of joy I experienced with my daughter is a beautiful prelude to an eternity of peace and comfort with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I eagerly anticipate new moments to share with her and someday, we will both be in Heaven. And like that moment in time, no deadlines, no work, no school-just a moment in time enjoying each other’s company in God’s presence.

 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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