Bookends. From the dramatic opening scenes in the Book of Genesis, to the breath-taking disclosure in the final chapters in the Book of Revelation, time is given context.
Day & night; hours & seconds; year in & year out; seasons; birth & death - lifespans; chronology. This is the stuff of time.
But what of the stuff before and after those accounts?
What is the prequel to Genesis; the postscript to Revelation where time is concerned?
In both clear and enigmatic ways, we are told that God is not bound by time (or space, for that matter), He resides in the eternal NOW - a mystery to mortals; a matter-of-fact to Him. He sees past, present & future as one done deal. It's why every nano-second is precious & valuable.
in vain. For He says,
"In the time of my favor
I heard you,
and in the day of salvation
I helped you."
I tell you,
NOW is the time of God's favor,
NOW is the day of salvation.
2 Corinthians 6:1-2
The great I AM - the One Who was, and is, and is to come - speaks of Himself in infinite terms. He tells us He resides in eternity, so that's what we call it.
On His lips it's unfathomable, and we are hushed. On my lips it's an awesome concept, filtered somehow through the foggy lens in which I view the clock. I wonder if it's not just a bit too casual, even in my most robust meditations?
Eternity is a long time, and that alone tells me I've hamstrung the beauty of infinity. Since there's nothing to compare it to, I am left to view it as being opposite to what I know; and what I know is all wrapped up in a finite existence.
Even as I attempt in some small way to get my mind & heart around this wondrous thing, I am grieved beyond belief by the casualness of those that play fast & loose with eternity. If it's a long time in the presence of God, imagine how long it is apart from His presence.
the river of
The throne of God and of the Lamb
will be in the city,
and His servants will serve him.
There will be no more night.
They will not need the light
of a lamp or the light of the sun,
for the Lord God will give them light.