There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven… Ecclesiastes 3:1
The literal rendering here is: “To all a set time, and a time for every purpose under the heavens.” There is a purpose, a delight, a pleasure, a good reason behind anything and everything that comes into your life. The point is illustrated in the verses that follow, a poem considered one of the finest pieces of literature ever written: “A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh…” and on through a total of fourteen pairs—the double intensification of the Hebrew number of completion, seven. It is intended to be a representative list of all aspects of living, as if Solomon cut away a section of life for our review and reflection.
And the point: There’s a time for every kind of activity and event in my life. There are no “oops” in life. This is life—mourning and dancing, silence and speaking, war and peace—and there are appointed times in your life for all of it. Not all of these may appear beautiful in themselves, but when they are seen as parts of the whole work of God, of God’s plan, then we understand: “He has made everything appropriate in its time,” or in the King James translation, “everything beautiful in its time” (3:11).
The wise man is one who wants to know what time it is. “And if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).