THE GOD OF TIMING
by Bernie Lutchman
A time to tear and a time to mend...Ecclesiastes 3:7a NLT
On the surface, this verse makes no sense.....for instance, why do you even have to rip or tear anything up? Shouldn't we be in the business of healing, mending, bringing people together? You would be correct in saying these things.
But I am thinking about this another way...after pondering this phrase a while. Jesus said in
John 12:24 " I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels--a plentiful harvest of new lives". So for something to be planted firmly in the ground - it was die, crack open, rip, tear or be plain old busted up!
We can choose to go through life withdrawn into ourselves, never reaching out or loving or whatever, thereby taking no chance of being rejected, shot down or slandered....or we can take a chance of life, with the complete knowledge and blessed assurance that Jesus is yours and He has your back, therefore you can't lose! AND because of the latter, you will succeed, more often than not in reaching out a loving hand to a hurting or lost soul!
Therefore, which is it? Are you ready to tear up the ground to make it ready to plant the seeds of happiness and future peace for someone else and thus mend a broken heart ....or.....?????!!!!
Of all people, Oscar Wilde had the following quote which kinds of sums up what we are talking about "How else but through a broken heart, may Lord Christ enter in!!!"
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