Everything has its time

Week beginning: 5th November, 2017 | By John Head | Brighton

"Everything on earth has its own time and its own season. There is a time for birth and death, planting and reaping."

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 (CEV)

The passing of a beloved wife, husband, child or friend is inevitably a sad event but out of it can come a new birth, a new chapter in the life of the bereaved.

The news that our Executive Director, Mark Barrell, will be moving to Mozambique in the New Year brings a mixed reaction - a sadness on our part as we shall miss him but an exciting prospect for him, but there will no doubt be some uncertainty on his part about how the future will evolve.

Maybe you are facing change in life - a new job beckons, redundancy is looming or some other unforeseen event has occurred.

How might we – you – respond to change? Who can understand the ways of God? Despite all the changes that life might throw at us the writer of Ecclesiastes understood that God has power over everyone.

The following quotation may be of help:

"I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: 'Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.' And he replied, 'Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way!' So I went forth and, finding the hand of God, trod gladly into the night…" (Minnie Louise Haskins)

If this thought resonates with you be encouraged - you are not alone.

Prayer point:

1.  Consider whose hands you are trusting your life to at present, your own or the Lord. Recommit yourself into His hands at the start of this week.

2.  Pray for those known to you who are facing changes or uncertain futures, that they may know the peace that comes only from trusting in the Lord.