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The Turning of Time

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Turn, Turn, Turn - The Byrds

Time changes everything in its turn---

Fashion
Music

In all the turns we seek to know the whole

What time is it? How do you know? How do you respond? When can you appreciate it? What constitutes success as a student/parent/grandparent/person?
The Message of Ecclesiastes: A Time to Mourn, and a Time to Dance The Tyranny of Time (Ecclesiastes 3:1–15)

Our natural reaction might be to seek reality in something beyond the reach of change, treating the world of everyday experience as a mere distraction. Surprisingly, and superbly, Qoheleth in verse 11 enables us to see perpetual change not as something unsettling but as an unfolding pattern, scintillating and God-given. The trouble for us is not that life refuses to keep still, but that we see only a fraction of its movement and of its subtle, intricate design. Instead of changelessness, there is something better: a dynamic, divine purpose, with its beginning and end. Instead of frozen perfection there is the kaleidoscopic movement of innumerable processes, each with its own character and its period of blossoming and ripening, beautiful in its time and contributing to the over-all masterpiece which is the work of one Creator. We catch these brilliant moments, but even apart from the darkness interspersed with them they leave us unsatisfied for lack of any total meaning that we can grasp. Unlike the animals, immersed in time, we long to see them in their full context, for we know something of eternity: enough at least to compare the fleeting with the ‘for ever’. We are like the desperately nearsighted, inching their way along some great tapestry or fresco in the attempt to take it in. We see enough to recognize something of its quality, but the grand design escapes us, for we can never stand back far enough to view it as its Creator does, whole and entire, from the beginning to the end

Holding on...
Becoming...
Tapestry

But from God, we can see good gifts in every turn

Simple pleasures
Did you notice the simple pleasures from yesterday?

And know God’s purpose: to complete each turn and make what’s broken whole.

God wants you to realize He’s in control not you and respect Him because of His control.
Pride and Prejudice - This too shall pass. Avengers Endgame
God wants to set things right.
Romans 8:28–30 ESV
28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
Philippians 1:6 ESV
6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Phil
Revelation 21:1–8 ESV
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” 5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. 7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
Revelation 21
My next step today is...
Notice the day to day pleasures God gives
Don’t hold on to the past; embrace the turnings God brings
Don’t live to figure everything out; embrace God’s sovereign plan
Don’t live for the future; embrace God’s opportunities to do good today
Questions:
What do you hold on to?
How do you keep and move on at the same time?
How do you let go of trying to figure everything out?
How do you embrace God’s opportunities today?
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