Have you noticed how sometimes, time seems just to fly by, and other times it drags on interminably? How is it that time, which should be an absolute constant, seems to be able to speed up and slow down?
Of course it doesn’t, it just seems as though it does, depending on what we have going on in life, or depending on our perspective, our frame of reference. We know our lives on this earth won’t last forever, but we behave as they will. At least when we’re young.
And then as you head into your sixties and seventies, you start thinking differently. The inevitability of the end starts looming up much more quickly than you’d imagined. Yeah, we have a funny relationship with time. Here’s how Moses put it in his prayer to God:
Psalm 90:3-6 You bring people into this world, and you change them into dust again. To you, a thousand years is like yesterday, like a few hours in the night. Our life is like a dream that ends when morning comes. We are like grass that grows and looks so fresh in the morning, but in the evening it is dry and dying.
In other words, whilst we may not see it this way, our lives on this earth are fleeting. From God’s perspective, a thousand years feels like a day. Why this sharp contradiction?
Because God sees everything that happens in our lives from His perspective of eternity – without beginning or end. And that’s the right perspective because my life, your life here on this earth, the time we get to spend, the things we fret over, the things we labour over – that’s less than a drop in the ocean compared to the eternity that we have to spend with Him, in His Presence. That’s good news. Very good news.
And that’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.