Since Thursday, Damien, Matthew and I have been on the island visiting with family. We always love spending time out in Victoria, breathing in the fresh sea air, walking along the bustling downtown streets, and marvelling at all the life and greenery found here. In fact as I’m sitting down on the balcony to write this post I’ve also been keeping my eye on a pair of swans that are down below gracing the gorge.
The topic of this post came to me yesterday afternoon as I was sitting down on the rocks lining the driveway, talking with Damien’s little (well, not so little as they’re both taller than me) brother and sister. He was sad because of a comment she made and together the three of us were talking it through, sharing our feelings and thoughts openly and honestly in a safe environment. At some point our talking it through became talking about time, about how we all grow up and age and time just seems to slip away.
Lately I’ve been wrestling with the concept of time myself, and I shared my thoughts with the two of them. I told them that I’ve been thinking about how we are so wrapped up in the concept of linear time that we often forget that a) God is not bound by time, and b) we are children of the most High and therefore we have eternity to look forward to.
As we talked, the three of us, a kid, a teenager, and an adult, concluded that at some point this broken earth will pass away and a new one will be created for us to live on for the rest of eternity with the Lord. And eternity means forever and ever, it means that there is no end of our lives not because we are immortal, because we are not, but because God created us to live with and love and serve Him forever. And because we have eternity to look forward to, why do we spend so much of our time worrying about how little time we have?
I told them that lately I’ve been stressed out about not having time to do things that I need to do or want to do because Matthew takes up so much of my time right now. I told them that what I forget is that I really actually have all the time in the world, which however needs to used wisely and intentionally, and that this season of time itself will not last.
We laughed, nodded heads, shared our thoughts and concluded that in the end both time the way we know it time the way God knows it are both just to confusing to wrap our minds around when we actually dig deep.