Have you ever sat down and really thought about time? As I contemplated this writing, I realized I had never tried to put a definition to this thing that constantly appears before us and consistently leaves us many times before we realize anything has happened. This is the definition I found:
"A nonspatial continuum in which events occur in apparent irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future."
Needless to say it is not an easy concept to grasp! It is one of the few things in life that we can desperately want more of, but at the same time want less of what it can bring. It can be our enemy one day and our friend another. Many times we can end up wasting it without realizing what we have truly lost.
Hearing the words, "Your child (spouse, friend) has cancer" stops time in its tracks. That moment of time changes the course of our lives and will forever be locked in our memories. Suddenly the thing that had been taken for granted becomes the most precious and fleeting thing in our lives. I remember as I watched Zachary in his moments of suffering how I hated time. It was as if an evil monster had climbed into the clock and was holding back time from passing. Ironically, though even in those times of suffering, I wanted more time. I did not want it to pass quickly because it could mean missing moments with him that we could never have again. I now realize how God was using these very moments to peel away my fixation on my earthly perspective on time and give me the ability to see His perspective on time.
You see when you try to define time in God's perspective EVERYTHING changes because there is no end to His time. Another definition must be considered - eternity. It is defined as "The totality of time without beginning or end; infinite time; everlastingness."
I like the sound of everlastingness. Can you imagine never having to fear death or feel you are fighting the clock? There will be NO DEATH, there will be NO CLOCKS! Our supply of time will suddenly be infinite, without end! How glorious this is to imagine if we can even fit our minds around the concept.
Keeping this perspective on time as we look to the future can change our outlook completely. It gives hope to a situation that seems hopeless when defined by the world's standards. It gives amazing freedom to our hearts to know the current circumstances we face, no matter how difficult, will not even be measurable when put in line with forever.
But yet we are still faced with time while we are here on earth. With that come the trials that can feel so random and painful. How do we hold on to our faith when faced with innocent suffering or unjust hurts? We can do this by trusting that our Father, who loves us like no other, has the perfect perspective on time. We have to trust his timing and know even though we cannot understand it, it is always perfect.
God's promises about time are beautifully given to us in these scriptures.
"You are my strength; I wait for you to rescue me, for you, O God, are my place of safety." - Psalm 59:9
"Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and always be prayerful." - Romans 12:12
"These things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed." - Habakkuk 2:3
"I assure you, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life." - John 5:24
"He will swallow up death forever! The Sovereign LORD will wipe away all tears. He will remove forever all insults and mockery against his land and people. The LORD has spoken!" - Isaiah 25:8
"They will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life." - Matthew 25:46
"There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven..." - Ecclesiastes 3:1
"I have seen the burden God has laid on men. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men…" - Ecclesiastes 3:10-12
"Trust in him at all times, O people; pour your hearts to him, for God is our refuge." - Psalm 62:8
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16
So my friends, I pray time is your friend today and that you have the hope of eternal life in your heart. If you do not, please know it always available to you and once taken will ALWAYS be with you as Paul writes in Romans 10:9, "That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is LORD', and believe in your heart, that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." All it takes is for you to surrender to the Maker of all time, acknowledge your belief in the sacrifice of his Son, Jesus Christ and ask for the forgiveness of your sins. Then receive the gift that will give eternally.