In His Time

In the movie Roots I first heard the quote, Β “God may not always come when you expect Him, but He is always precisely on time.”

That is a comforting thought.

In the Bible, in the book of Ecclesiastes, we find a large portion devoted to explaining that there is a time for everything: A time to laugh; a time to cry. A time for war; a time for peace. A time to be born; a time to die . . .

I had a lot of plans for this week, but they turned out to be untimely.

It was someone’s time to die.

I could say a lot of things about memories of this man, about how strong, dedicated, gentle, creative, funny, and family-loving he was. And that he always thought I was pretty.

But to me, the most important thing about him was that he cooperated with God to engender the baby boy who grew up to be my husband. And then went on to train him firmly in the ways of manhood.

I have benefited so much from this man who is now gone.

No one naturally feels comfortable around death. Many mourn. So we are uncomfortable and we mourn. We don’t like it at all because we were programmed to love life. Life is our default program.

We hold our beloved dying ones as close as possible for as long as possible. Then it’s time. And we cannot hold on to them anymore.

To every thing there is a season and a time for every purpose under the heavens.

They say God makes all things beautiful in His time.

I’m waiting.

Published by Katharine

Katharine is a writer, speaker, women's counselor, and professional mom. Happily married over 50 years to the same gorgeous guy. She loves cooking amazing homegrown food, celebrating grandbabies, her golden-egg-laying hennies, and watching old movies with popcorn. Her writing appears at Medium, Arkansas Women Bloggers, Contently, The Testimony Train, Taste Arkansas, Only in Arkansas, and in several professional magazines and one anthology.

21 thoughts on “In His Time

  1. O, Katharine, I am so sorry! Death leaves us bereft. Death robs us of those we love. Death truly is our enemy. But Death has been conquered by our Lord, who died never to die again, and in Him we have eternal life. May eternity be more precious to you now.

    1. Thanks so much, Ruth. You get it. That helps. It will be hard to lay this body into the ground, but easier in knowing where the soul has gone. Yes, I have hope for my father-in-law, hope in the Ever-living One.

  2. My heart goes out to you both. May the rich, fluffy, warm quilt of God’s comfort and love surround you, and give you peace. ((hugs))

  3. I’m sorry you are sad just now. But it sounds as if your reflections on his life will bring you hope and peace in time.
    Will be thinking about you and your family over the next few weeks.

  4. Kathy, We are all so sorry for your great loss. You always have a Godly perspective on everything. Our prayers are with you.

  5. Katharine, it is never easy to say that last goodbye. But a good and Godly man such as your father-in-law it will be so long for now as you are sure to meet again.

    Love and best wishes to you, my friend.

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