Poem

Timing is Everything

Michael Beck Michael Beck

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

We speak when we ought to be silent
We’re mum when our voice should be heard
We laugh when we ought to be weeping
We lament when “Rejoice!” is the word
We destroy when we ought to be building
We prop up what deserves to come down
We pluck up when we ought to be planting
We make roots when we need to leave town
We rend when we ought to be patching
We mend when it’s not time to sew
We discard when we ought to be keeping
We hold on when it’s wise to let go

There is a right time for each purpose
A season to gain and to lose
But we confuse one with the other
When in our own wisdom we choose
For God only knows the way forward
Without Him we head for a mess
Foolish, wrong turns we keep making
Which lead us to heartache and death
Sheep are in need of a Shepherd
Without one they will go astray
Wisdom belongs to the humble
Who listen and gladly obey

Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and judgment.” (Ecclesiastes 8:5)


Michael Beck is a pastor in New York City and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.