Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Eternity

Today is Today

According to Wormwood in the Screwtape Letters the only way we can touch eternity is in the present, "The humans live in time but our Enemy destines them for eternity. He therefore, I believe, wants them to attend chiefly to two things, to eternity itself, and to that point of time which they call the Present. For the
Present is the point at which time touches eternity."  Isn't it amazing that we can touch eternity?  And, yet it is sobering to know that the only way we mortals are able to is through that which we fight so much.  Today we stress over tomorrow, worry about what we said yesterday, hold a grudge from five years ago, or worry about where we'll be 10 years from now.

We are destined for eternity.  What does that mean?  It means that whatever I do today will influence all eternity.  It means I am not destined for "this world;" I know that there is more than these "shadowlands."  We all have a longing for an "other" world.   Whether you believe that this new world is only heaven, is an entirely new planet, or this planet redeemed and newly created -  we long for a place where everything "is."

Nothing restricted by sin or time.  Everything the real, original being.  And, we won't just be able to touch eternity, we will live in it's dimension.

We find contentment by only focusing on today.  Contentment is required for a Christian because we live in a fallen world.  Until there is restoration we have to be content living with what is corrupt as we transform it day by day.  Jesus taught us to live contentedly in and change this world and but to be not of this world. 

However, we limit God when we only view Him in today.  He is eternity.  He is outside of time.  He is sovereign because of this.  Being outside of time allows Him complete power to decree and authority to control.  He is able to pray for, minister to, and work all the minute details because of His eternity.

If God was limited by today,  He would only be able to place things into motion one at a time.  Consequently, afterwards, He could only change or "fix" things as they occurred.  My God weaves His tapestry without time as a dance.  A dance in which He knows every move and fall, and yet enjoys it without regard to when.

Time is a gift.  But, many times I live in it through worry and anxiety.  I can't enjoy this moment because I'm stressed about what I have to do in the next hour.  It is as if I am gobbling up a gift the Lord of the universe gave me.  I am ungrateful.

Will you learn with me how to touch eternity?  Will we learn together of that future world where we may enter that great dance with the Almighty?

Today is today

1 comment:

Rebecca Ann said...

I read this while I was in Texas and it was very encouraging Ana. Thank you so much for reminding us to pursue Christ each day. That we should live each day well for Christs glory and not our own that others may see Gods glory.

<3 Becca