Time and Eternity

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‘He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.’-Ecclesiastes 3 v 11

 

I can imagine those words as the opening lines of a stage play, an epic film or a classic piece of literature. The words contain such beauty and mystery; it immediately conjures up images of grandeur in my mind. Images of eternity, and our hearts being divinely connected.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, hearts are everywhere.  Shop windows bulging with cards and gifts- all adorned with the obligatory hearts. Aside from being a vital organ within our bodies, the heart is symbolic of our inner core. Who we are inside, who we were created to be, the centre of our being.

The bible describes our hearts as a source of direction. It can harbour thoughts and treasures. It can grow hard and callous or be softened by understanding. It can bring forth both good and evil and affect the words of our mouths. It experiences grief, can wander far away from others and yearn for endless things.

Our hearts have the capacity and capability to love without measure.

‘Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time; effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end’

Anne Louise Germaine de Stael.

Eternity is defined as the quality or state of being eternal.

Eternal then, is defined as ‘having infinite duration, characterised by abiding fellowship with God, valid or existing at all times’ (Merriam-Webster).

What is eternal? Some of my thoughts…

  •   Love (God)
  •   Hope
  •   Joy
  •   Peace
  •   Presence
  •   Goodness
  •   Faithfulness
  •   Our God given personality; the uniqueness of our being.
  •   Imagination
  •   Creativity
  •   Light

The things that are eternal are synonymous with what truly matters.

He has set eternity in the human heart and planted it there for a set time.  This means we can be full of faith and hope when sharing the gospel message- ‘this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son’ (1 John 5 v 11). God has made everything beautiful in its time. There is a set time for every person to connect with the eternity placed in their hearts.

As the word says, we cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end (we often see fragmented parts). So we need not waste any time trying to comprehend when the timing will be. We can take God at His word and share the eternal gospel with everyone.  The connection will happen, and it will be beautiful in its time.

Life is all about timing…the unreachable becomes reachable, the unavailable becomes available, the unattainable…attainable’. – Stacey Charter

Do you trust in the beauty of God’s timing?

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