... in an appointed time
As Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 says ‘There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for everything under the heavens. A time to be born, and a time to die.
Those verses came to mind when I learned that our old friend Fred died last week. His passing was not unexpected as he had been unwell for a number of years. That said, he tried not to let his illness get in the way of taking a full part in everything he set his mind to. If there was ever a job to be done Fred would be the first to say, “I’ll do that!” And he did to the best of his ability. He was a very useful chap to have around! Fred had spent some time in Zimbabwe but had returned to this country several years ago. Interestingly he died on the same day as Robert Mugabe, the ex-president of that country. They will have a few words to say to one another I expect. Two men of different races, colour and status yet God made each of them in His own likeness and knew each of them, as He does each of us, intimately, by name. Now whilst ex-President Mugabe is reputed to have amassed a great deal of money over time, I don’t think Fred was that well off financially, although he was rich in so many other ways. But does financial wealth really matter? After all, as a First century preacher once said: Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 NIV. The important thing to remember is that although their paths through life were so different still God was with each of them on their journey.
As I light a candle for dear old Fred, l take comfort from Ecclesiastes 3:4:’ A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance’ and remember that no matter how hard the path may seem, whatever obstacles are put in my way, God will never leave me nor forsake me.
That’s where I found God today.