a time to be born, and a time to die

Death, whoever it may be, always cause us to reflect on life. Yesterday afternoon, my colleague’s mother passed away. As a school and friends, we have been praying for her and asking God Yahweh to prolong her life. Well, it was the Lord’s will to take her life away. She is not a Christian, neither is my colleague. However, my colleague is open to prayers and to the ministry of God.
I was pretty moved by what he said when I met him this afternoon. He was telling me about the regrets of not spending more times with the mum and bringing her out often and so on. Well though not the first time hearing such regrets being passed, but still it keeps one thinking about what is important in life. We are always so busy with so many things and so often we have neglected the people around us who love us and care for us. We always take it for granted that we will always have them around when tomorrow’s Sun rise from the east. We always take it that we will always have them to celebrate the next Chinese New Year or the next year end Christmas. However, we never and never can know.
What God really wish us to do is to be aware of the timing that he has set for every event. Be it spending a nice, warm afternoon by the seaside with our love ones, or enjoying a cosy dinner together as a family, or just simply enjoying each other’s presence in the living room. All these are holy and divinely ordained by the Lord God. Or perhaps, be it moments of anguish that we have, or memories of hurts and pains, they too are ordained by the Lord to mould us. The bottomline is that God makes all things beautiful in His own time.
Solomon in all his wisdom said, "He (God) has made everything beautiful in its time" (Ecc 3:11).
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