Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Turn, Turn, Turn

I’m reminded of a famous song often abbreviated to “Turn, Turn, Turn.”  The lyrics were lifted almost word for word from the book of Ecclesiastes and were sung by a number of different artists; most famously, The Byrds.  

Here is the original in Ecclesiastes:
To everything, there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which 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 cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, 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 of war, and a time of peace.

Life is full of seasons! There is no living in the now. Not really. The “now” is ever changing into the “past” and the “future.” Truly, we cannot live only in this moment, nor were we created to exist only in what happens this very moment. There is so much more to life than existentialism. Was all of it just meant to keep us busy?  I would guess that someone wants to show us something—but what?

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds (a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing *under the sun* but God alone can satisfy), yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”

The fact that I question this is proof enough for me that the reason I struggle so much with this earthly existence, is that things are not meant to be like this forever. There is definitely an internal longing for more. God has planted eternity into our hearts and minds. A longing that is an implanted sense of purpose-- that only God can satisfy. You could say that as long as we ignore that longing, it is void, empty, unfulfilled. It needs to be filled—with God.

“And God does it so that men will (reverently) fear Him (revere and worship Him, knowing that He is).”

That word fear doesn’t mean being scared of Him. It’s a respect, a reverence and an understanding of who He is. God wants a relationship with us. He wants a relationship that puts Him first in our lives, knowing that without Him--what’s the point? We are made to go deeper than what this vapor of life; this momentary existence offers. We are made for eternity. We are made for God.

Solomon goes on to say that God is trying us. He is sifting and separating us. “So that we may see that by ourselves (under the sun, without God), we are but beasts.“ The same fate certainly happens to man and beast. We all die, and we are but dust in the wind.
Aren’t we basically good people inside though?

I know of people who have walked into a prison and talked to murderers, child molesters, etc., and asked them if they’re good. They’ll all tell you they’re basically good people—sure they messed up here and there, but basically they’re good.

Did you notice that the reason God tries us is so that we may see ourselves as we really are. God already knows who we are—but He wants us to see it. We look at ourselves with rose colored glasses on. We forgive ourselves so easily, but who are we really?
I’ll leave you with that question. 

Thank you for visiting my little corner of the world! I so appreciate your comments and insights! 


  1. Good post! Thank you and I love the final question:)

  2. There are so many points here. I love the amplification of God's planting of a purpose within us--that we might always be seeking something that can only be filled by Him. We could spend a lot of time thinking about ourselves and doing our own thing, but, as Solomon would say, it's "meaningless."

    Yet, we are called to live out each day we're given, and thus we have some purpose to which we are called. Praise God for His divine purposes and work, which He prepared in advance for us to do!

  3. Thank you so much for visiting my led me to YOU! What a beautiful post, one that I needed to read.

  4. Only when we see ourselves as we really are can He mold us into His image. And that takes an humble, pliable heart. I'm just glad He doesn't show us all the things that needs His touch at one time!

    Thanks for a great post!

  5. Carmen,
    I always loved that song by The Birds.... I especially love the verse "He makes everything beautiful in His time." I remember when I sang the song based on that verse as my very first solo...

    I appreciate so much your visits and comments. You always bless me when you stop by!

    Have a blessed night!

  6. Oh Carmen.. Ecclesiastes 3 is one of my favourite passages of Scripture and how wonderful that you have featured it here!
    Love Lou xx


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