It has been a little over a week since the terrorist attacks in Paris. I know that I speak for everyone when I say that I was shocked and devastated. I could not believe what had happened. It was the oddest feeling, like all of the air had been sucked out of me and my heart, it actually hurt. I felt connected to people that I had never met nor seen. I thought that it was so very beautiful how countries flocked in their support; even if their presence was not there, their hearts were.
I don’t know why this as happened or what will come out of it, but I do know that God has a plan. God has everything planned out for us, so we do not need to worry, no matter what happens. God will always be there for us, and now especially, for Paris. I think that Ecclesiastes 3: 1-15 perfectly sums up that with God, there is a reason for everything, even though we may not see it.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal,
a time to break 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 cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time for love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace;
9 What gain has the worker from his toil? 10 I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be bus with. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 12 I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live, 13 also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil- this is God’s gift to man. 14 I perceived that whatever Gd does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him. 15 That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away.
Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” John 13:7