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Eternity

 

is for Eternity

1.   
Infinite time; duration without beginning or
end.
2.    Eternal
existence, especially as contrasted with mortal life.
    
3.     An endless or seemingly endless period of
time.
The
galloping hands of time remind me of things undone.  How many times in my 85 years of life have I
heard or said the words, “It’s time for….” 
From the moment, this world was created; we have known that it is time.  Solomon wrote in the 3rd chapter of
Ecclesiastes: There
is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
    a time to be born and a time to die, a time
to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal, a time
to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time
to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to
gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain
from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up, a
time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend, a time
to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate, a time
for war and a time for peace.
We
have set an idyllic time for setting aside responsibility and call these times
vacation and retirement.  After a year of
retirement, my goal of doing what I wanted when I wanted became a myth.  I still wear a watch, timepiece. The things
of this world propel my life.  Things
that must be done, things that could be done, most of which are
self-imposed.  Is it any wonder that I am
fascinated by the thought of eternal and eternity?  What is it? 
When does it begin?  Where is it,
this eternity?  Time measures our world –
and years fly by.
The
concept of eternity does not dwell in our understanding.  The Jehovah who created the world and its
seasons lives in eternity.  He IS
eternal.  Everything He created is His
and that includes us.  He holds us in the
palm of His Hand – and yet we have the freedom to choose Him or not.
God
is our refuge – eternally outside of time. 
An eternal perspective is the larger picture beyond our limited
view.  When we have an eternal
perspective, we are assured of God’s reasons for the things He allows and the
answers He gives in our lives even if we do not understand in our time on the
earth.
Ecclesiastes
3:11 is a verse that clarifies for me the longing for home that is deep inside.  
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.
What
is eternity?  Imagine that all we know
now is passing away – beauty, strength, wisdom, careers and riches.  To prepare for eternity, we live in this
world and yet when we choose God – we are simply preparing to live in a world
where everything is eternal.  Jesus is
our light; we drink living water; our sustenance comes from God’s hands; we
walk on pavement of gold, and we exchange the cross for a crown in the kingdom
of God.  There are no utility bills or
any exchange of ‘pavement’ in eternity. 
Jesus Christ has paid all debts. 
In
Eternity, we will know a home which will never be broken up, a meeting without
saying goodbye, a family gathering without a separation or a day without
night.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes,
and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things
are gone forever.”
  Revelation
21:4
Last
week, my husband and I sat on our deck and enjoyed the summer air.  We have a view of beautiful trees, God’s
creatures and a pond just inside the fence. 
A beautiful oasis and just outside the fence the world roars by on the
highway.  The sound is deafening.  Conversation is almost impossible.  I concentrated on what I could see and the
joy of the summer season.  It seemed that
the noise from the highway reached its tentacles into our peace-filled
oasis.  I realize that living for God on
this earth has a correlation to sitting on the deck.  In our hearts, we carry the love of God and
His goodness and yet the world tries to distract and draw us into the clamor of
evil.  Can you imagine with me that laws
of the land disappear, and everyone lives the fruit the spirit. 
 
But the Holy
Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law
against these things!
  Galatians 5:22-23
How
do I know this is real?  How do I know it
isn’t a movie or story? God has given us The Word.
  All Scripture is inspired by God and is
useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our
lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. II
Timothy 3:16
  Don’t you realize that you become the slave
of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to
death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.  Romans 6:16
  Since you have been raised to new life with
Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the
place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the
things of earth.  Colossians 3:1-2
  And this world is fading away, along with
everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live
forever.  I John 2:17
• My sheep
listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life,
and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father
has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can
snatch them from the Father’s hand. John 10:27-29
Expectation
Living
Who writes the expectations
/ That fill my heart each day?
Who holds the pen that
writes / Frustration in a myriad of ways?
The names, Confusion,
Chaos / And Confounding Commotion
Fill my every moment with
/ Increasing defeat and frustration.
From the depths of despair
/ I raise longing eyes to You
“Lord, write on my heart
your message / Of eternal expectations true.”
Fill my heart and my mind
/ That Jesus is Lord of all                                      
So world expectations dim / And all I hear is your sweet call.

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