Singing a song recently (“Be Unto Your Name” by Robin Mark) and I found that I disagreed with some of the words. Oh, not the sentiment. The song is a wonderful description of how great God is and how we are totally dependent on him. But one phrase seemed off somehow to me. When we sang “we are a vapor, you are eternal” I felt a nudge and a thought so strong that I had to stop singing and write down some notes.
Yes, God is eternal, but here is the kicker, So Am I! If I believe in my salvation (and I do), then I must consider myself as someone who will live forever. Death is no longer anything to fear, but is only a transition from Now to …. Now.
I mean, have you ever thought about eternity? I mean really stopped and thought about it. It’s a really hard concept for us to wrap our heads around. The way I started thinking about it at that moment was that time is no longer a relevant concept. Each moment of eternity becomes like any other moment. Without “time” to keep the moments separate we merge into the majesty of God.
Well, that sounded familiar to me. I remember recently discussing meditation with Tammy recently and one of the subjects we talked about was “living in the moment”. But that sounds just like what I had just thought of when trying to wrap my mind around eternity.
I realized that living in the moment looks like eternity to me.
I am living Now in eternal life.
So what does that mean for my “day to day” journey through time? It changes the meaning of everything. I don’t have to rush to fit in every experience and accept every invitation and travel everywhere at a breakneck pace. The whole concept of a “bucket list” just explodes in the face of realizing that I am not going to die.
This isn’t a new thought for a lot of people, but it is new to me. I am still thinking about how this changes everything for me. But the biggest change is that I have found a well of patience that I didn’t know existed before. Becoming free from time means that “things” don’t matter as much, “rushing” doesn’t have much as much significance, “annoyances” become… not-annoying.
In short, life becomes more peaceful. And that is what Jesus said that he brought for us
John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.”
For me, one more small insight into His majesty.