Monday, November 12, 2012

God's Timing

"There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—
2 A time to give birth and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
3 A time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
4 A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
5 A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
6 A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
7 A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
A time to be silent and a time to speak.
8 A time to love and a time to hate;
A time for war and a time for peace." 

Ecclesastes 3:1-8 (NASB)

I noticed how the leaves are really starting to change colors in my neighborhood today.  The magnificence of the orange, yellow, red and green leaves now adorn the trees beside the roads and houses.  Of course, my yard and driveway are also full of fallen leaves after a brief rain.  It's all part of the fall season.  As the old song "Earthmaker" by Farrell and Farrell states, "Seasons always change on time".  It's part of God's purpose.  It is also a comfort to see the weather progress through a typical yearly cycle.

Hard to believe, but there is also a reason for cancer.  It can occur for chastisement, that is, we bring it upon ourselves through poor choices, for example, cigarette smoking.  It can also be part of the natural dying process.  Let's face it.  We all are going to die of something at some time, whether it be cancer, heart disease, old age, etc.  Finally, cancer can occur for God's glory.  Having cancer can open up a new ministry, draw a person closer to God or develop a person's inner character.  The curse of cancer may ultimately be a blessing.

So, there is a time for every event under heaven, even the shocking, horrific diagnosis of cancer.

I talk more at length about the purpose of illness in my book, "A Place I Didn't Want To Go: My Victory Over Cancer" which is available at and on Kindle.  You can access it at:

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