Everything Beautiful

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Without really thinking about, I glanced outside the kitchen window.

It had been rainy for the last few hours.

Now, in the midst of all the wet grass and glossy tree leaves, golden sunlight was streaming onto my front yard.

For me, that was a resounding call to go outside with my camera.

After taking some photos of the sunset, I walked around my house, enjoying the coolness of the air and the gentle sounds around me.

Stopping at some flowers I had planted earlier in the summer, I found that water droplets were adorning each one like little clear jewels on pink pillows.

Everywhere I looked, I saw beauty.

Other flowers blooming.

Turtle nests.

A red-shouldered hawk, high in a tree.

How blessed I was to see it all!

God has made everything beautiful.

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He has made everything beautiful in its time.

—from Ecclesiastes 3:11

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Beautiful In Its Time

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It’s January now.

The leaves are turning brown and falling off the trees.

For most of the country that I live in, this happened a few months ago.

It appears that autumn has finally arrived, but what about winter?

There’s also another twist–

Even though the leaves are turning colors and falling to the ground, the ground is quite likely to be covered in green, as though it was spring or summer.

Since I live in a subtropical climate zone, all is as it should be.

No one is concerned.

Leaves are falling.

Plants are still blooming.

The high temperature today was probably around 84 degrees.

It’s the right time for all of that.

There’s a right time for everything, even in our lives.

God is in control of that, just as He is in control of the climate.

We can get impatient or worried because we don’t see things happening in our lives like we see in others’ lives.

If the “trees” are turning beautiful colors of red and gold in the life of someone we know, we may question why everything is still green for us.

God knows exactly what we need when we need it.

He knows when to introduce opportunities.

He knows the perfect timetable for every aspect of our journey.

Ecclesiastes 3:11

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

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