Formations Lesson for Oct- 10- Time Marches On
September 22 2010 by Christopher Moore, minister of education, children and senior adults, Durham Memorial Baptist Church, Durham

Focal Passage: Ecc. 3:1-8

I’m not crazy about picking people up at the airport. I fear that I’m going to get to the airport too late or too early, that the flight will get delayed or canceled, that I’m going to wait at the wrong gate, that I’ll forget the flight number, or worse yet, that I’ll forget the correct airline altogether!

My abysmal level of confidence is fueled by one overriding fear: my friends or loved ones are going to arrive and I won’t be there to meet them.

Qohelet takes us on a rollercoaster in Ecclesiastes 3 as he marks out the boundaries of an unpredictable life that is … well … strikingly predictable. There is life, love, and laughter; there is death, hate, and mourning.

Qohelet runs the gamut by describing everything we crave and everything we dread, bringing into sharp focus that these events are as inexorable as the rising sun.

If we labor under the delusion that these extremes of life will somehow never touch us, we live a fantasy.

Qohelet wants us to acknowledge life as it is, not necessarily as it should be.

Qohelet’s stark realism might depress us, especially if we fail to see the context in which he offers this litany of life’s limitations.

Read the remainder of chapter 3. It is God who has set these limitations on life. “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,” (Ecc. 3:11, NIV).

Through all the vagaries of life, God is not surprised, nor is God absent. In every instance and in every situation, God is there.

When in doubt, look over Psalm 139, a virtual commentary on the all-pervasiveness of God. “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there,” (Ps. 139:7-8, NIV).  

In truth, at one time or the other many of us secretly wonder if God is going to be there to pick us up at the airport.

There are places in life we’ve never been, and fear of the unknown and the inevitable can weigh heavy on our hearts.

But rest assured that God will not be taken off guard when we ascend to the peaks or sink into the valleys of life.

We will never find ourselves in a place where God isn’t already waiting. 

Right on time, God will be there to pick us up.  
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