Thursday, January 5, 2012

When Time is Meaningless


Yesterday in my post I referenced the countless trillions of years that we will be in Heaven.  Eternity is forever, and I think it is an impossible concept to grasp for those of us who live obsessively with time.  The reality of eternity will be ours for those of us in Christ.  So what is eternity?  I'm sorry, I do not plan to answer that question today.  I am merely going to give you some things to think about as I think an answer is impossible in this life.
But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day [is] as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  2 Peter 3:8 NKJV
I think that is the best Scripture for understanding eternity.  A day, a thousand years, or even a million years, it does not really matter.  Forever is forever and time become meaningless.  The whole concept of schedules really goes out to window when there is no such thing as a time constraint. For whatever it is that you want to do, you have forever to do it in.  It will no longer be about getting to some timed event, but about enjoying yourself as you seek out to do what you desire. 

That is not the reality we live in now, though.  Now we live in a time of planned and timed vacations with the constant rush to go away and "relax" as we squeeze as much in as we can.  We work 5 days a week and look forward to being home each night to rest and we cherish the whole two days we get off each week for our weekend.  Some people work even six or seven days and have very little time off.  Our whole lives are about rush rush rush cherishing the moments of recreation that we have.  Even those moments of recreation, though, are rushed and come with the knowledge that the reality of the world is looming just around the corner.  

Even for those lucky enough to retire with many years left in this life, those years are counting down.  They have time, but that time will come to an end and as they get older and older they have health concerns to deal with.  Besides, they are still limited by their resources.  Very few people retire with enough to do anything and everything they want to do.  Even the retiree with all the time in the world, only has all the time in the world.  It may be a lot of time, but it is not all time. 

And that brings up death.  Unless we live to the rapture, we are all going to die.  Many of us have lists of things we want to do before we die, but very few of us have the time to do them all.  Our time is ultimately limited by the amount of days God allows us to live.  Whether if be only a few years or over a hundred years, all of us our counting down our days until none remain. 

Please do not think I am writing this short post to depress you.  I am merely pointing the reality of now.  I want us all to be looking to the glorious reality to come.  Imagine, if you can, what life would be like when there would be no more work ever again.  Imagine a life where your vacation will never end.  Imagine a life when you never had to worry about time again.  Then imagine that time lasting forever.  I do not think we can comprehend how amazing it will be when time ceases to matter at all. 

And that is the point I am trying to make.  When we are entering forever, time will cease to matter at all.  There would be no point to a bucket list.  We would not have to plan vacations or schedule activities to make the most of our time. I wonder if time will even be counted at all.  I wonder if we would even have to make appointments or just kind of hang out until it is our turn to do something or if even that will be necessary.  I wonder what truly and completely stress free living will be like. 

Then I wonder how it will happen.  Will time cease to matter to us as soon as we enter into eternity?  Personally, I hope not.  I love the thought of that realization growing over me that time will never matter to me again.  I look forward to the time when counting years or days become meaningless and slowly coming to that realization.  I look forward to feeling any idea of stress leaving my existence forever never to return.  I look forward to eternity. Just imagine the thought, one day we will live in perpetual joy being newly amazed by the wonders of God day after day and knowing that what you are experiencing is your new eternal reality. 
Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God [is] with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them [and be] their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."  Revelation 21:1-4 NKJV

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