Everything Is Beautiful, Seeing Illness As Part of God’s Plan

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

It’s Autumn in Melbourne and the trees are changing color. There’s a street near my home that is lined with beautiful oak trees and the color from those trees is amazing. It only seems last week, there was no sign of red in the leaves, yet each time I drive beneath them, there is a little more color. I thought once it would be good to take a picture of the same tree, each day as it changed color and lost its leaves–but even then, we would still miss some of the beauty.

Somehow I find it hard to believe that it’s Autumn. Often, I feel like I’m just existing and hoping to make it through one more day. I know taking life one day at a time, can be good advice, but sometimes I think I need to see life in a bigger picture than just one day.

Those same trees, after the leaves have displayed their rich reds, will lose their leaves and then wait until next Spring before we see the signs of new pale green life. There is beauty and purpose, in each season those trees face and a reason God planned the seasons as He did. Without seasons our planet would not be turning and the balance that holds everything together in our world, would be disrupted.

It often seems that I don’t accomplish much with my time and almost as if I just wish my life away, feeling the struggle to get through each day. But God doesn’t see it that way and I need to be reminded of that.

This verse reminds us, that everything is beautiful that God has made and even when we cannot fathom what goes on–God has a plan from the beginning, to the end.

We need to go through each season, just as those trees in the seasons our planet goes through each year. We do not always enjoy some seasons, but God has a purpose and each one is beautiful.

Prayer: Father, I don’t want to miss the beauty that You have for me in each season, even if that beauty may come amid pain. Help me to trust You in what I cannot always understand.

About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life, and the lessons He is teaching her, as she lives with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to travel when she is able. You can contact her in the Sunroom.

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Have you had a full-circle moment when you felt like God had abandoned you for awhile, only to discover later that He was working all the time in your life?