2 Peter 3:8,
But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Today, this Monday, we are going to lose time. We will make mistakes. We will fail today, as well as this week. We are going to let down people we deeply love and care about, and we may be wounded in ways we had not anticipated by people we didn’t think would do that. It doesn’t even have to be depressing stuff like woundings of the heart: we will get bogged down in frustrating stuff and events that feel like we just wasted 20 minutes of our lives. We also will “lose” time doing things we don’t want to do, perhaps a job, perhaps time away from our beloved or our kiddos, perhaps school. But we don’t lose it. Even if today is a Monday, and maybe it’s dreary outside and the coffee doesn’t do the job and the traffic is awful and maybe there’s a depressing song stuck in the head and feelings of past failure all around.. we have an ace up our sleeve.
Our God is the Lord of time. I love this excerpt from Thomas Howard’s Christ the Tiger,
Behold I make all things new. Behold I do what cannot be done. I restore the years which you have drooped away upon your crutches and in your wheelchair. I restore the symphonies and operas which your deaf ears have nor heard and the snowy massif your blind eyes have never seen and the freedom lost to you because of calumny and the failure of justice. And I restore the good which your own foolish mistakes have cheated you of. And I bring you to the love of which all other loves speak, the love which is joy and beauty, and which you have sought in a thousand streets, and for which you have wept and clawed your pillow.
Isn’t that just beautiful? And that’s one of the beauties of being the object of adoration of the all-powerful God, time is in his control. He holds the reins of it. One of the beautiful things of prayer is that our prayers connect us to Christ, who lives in eternity. All time is present and laid bare before the Son’s eyes. Isaiah 43:25,
I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.
When God says this, he is not being metaphorical or poetic, he is serious. The world would have you believe the past is past and nothing can be done about it. God, through his Son’s death on the cross, would say, I have blotted out your sins from the past. He erases them from time. Though you and others may remember, God does not. If your identity is fully in Christ, and you have fully given over your past to Christ, it is no longer a marker on your life, on your redeemed soul. Now, this doesn’t mean that we are absolved from reconciliation with others whom we may have wronged (remember Jesus saying go and be reconciled to your brother and then offer your gift to God? Matt 5:24). But it does mean our identity is not defined by past sins or events. It is defined by Christ in eternity, who can blot out events on our timeline as easy as a painter dousing a wall with water to cleanse away dirt before making a mural.
Remember today during the sluggish moments, or the whirlwind moments when you can’t catch your breath and you can’t believe it already noon, that all things are redeemed in Christ. In prayer, in your heart at any time or place, you can be in his embrace as he stands in front of all time, places where you thought it was all lost, but instead it is made right. All time is redeemed in Christ. And where you are going, the Father’s house, time will be “manipulable: expandible, compressible, reversible, divisible. It is silly putty time…and just as he plays time as an accordian, expanding and contracting it at will, so can we when we live in Him. As an author can move backward or forward in a story, God can move in time; and so can we, once we get out of the story and into the Author.” (Peter Kreeft, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Heaven)
Remember, you are a glorious creation in Christ, being redeemed daily through his blood on the cross and his Spirit inside you, and an heir to the Kingdom of God! Or as Jesus, quoting Psalm 82:6, said in John 10:34,
Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are gods?'”
Here’s a challenging question…how do we experience time in Heaven prior to the end of the Tribulation? How about afterward?
I hope you all have a wonderful start to your week! You are precious to our Father so feel cherished when you head out to start your day!! Bless you all!! 🙂