Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Does Time Mean Anything?

Does the God of eternity understand the meaning of time? Apparently, He does. He has limited Himself to work within the framework to time because He is working with people who are framed by time. He even came as a Man - born in the manger and died on the Cross. 

Do we then understand the meaning of time?

In my musing today, I ask whether I really understand the meaning of time. Time is only but a term when compared to infinity and eternity. Many around me have heard my regular complaining about how time flies. The reality is that time does not fly but we fly. We fly from being in time to outside of time. We fly from limited time to eternity. 

The moment we were born into the chronological framework of "in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth", we enter into time. Like our first parents, we were created with eternity within our souls. 

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

Sin separated us from God but Jesus joined us back to God. Thus our life in time is not without a glimpse of hope and eternity.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (1 Peter 1:3)

Like a rushing river, time roars by. We are like seeds fallen into this ferocious river. We can respond with fear at the rate which the river of time flows or we can trust that the life that God has given within us will germinate in eternity. 

Life does not pass us by because life is within us. Our present bodies are subjected to entropy, decay and death. To the world, death is the finality of life. However, to the followers of Christ, we see this as a door. There will be the resurrection of our bodies as the Bible says:

But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:20-22).

What more can we say about time? It's but an avenue by which, in our limitation, we can serve our God. It's an avenue for us to learn how to rely on God. In the darkness of our sinful existence, we experience the liberating power of His love. In our weakness, we encounter a strength that only He can give. While flowing with time, our desire is only for our God and Savior:

Whom have I in heaven but you?  And earth has nothing I desire besides you. (Psalm 73:25)

In the midst of the rushing river of time, we are calm because Jesus Christ is in our boat. In these few 'ten years' of our life on earth, let's create precious memories of His faithfulness. Our walk with the Lord will continue from earth to heaven. Just as what Paul the Apostle said, we many be aging but we fix our eyes upon the hope of eternity provided by our God and Savior, Jesus Christ:

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.(2 Corinthians 16-18).

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