Have you given much thought to contemplating eternity? The Cambridge Dictionary defines eternity as “time that never ends or that has no limits.” If we think of numbers and space we just scratch the surface on the complexity of forever. To count to one trillion would take 31,709.79 years. It is believed today that the Milky Way is probably between 100,000 and 150,000 light years across. The observable universe is much larger—about 93 billion light years in diameter. A light year is a measure of distance not time and equals almost six trillion miles. How infinitely miniscule even a centenarian’s life registers against eternity!
They said they would do it, the task well defined
But then they turned left, then right, then behind.
They scorned those in power subverting their will
When sudden calamity finished their thrills.
So don’t hitch your wagon with those who rebel
Unless you would like your pain to excel.
Proverbs 24:21,22—My son, fear the LORD, as well as the king, and don’t associate with rebels, for destruction from them will come suddenly; who knows what distress these two can bring?
Acts 9:13-15—“Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard from many people about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. And he has authority here from the chief priests to arrest all who call on Your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go! For this man is My chosen instrument to take My name to Gentiles, kings, and the Israelites.”
A man takes boxes of jelly beans and pours them on the floor. He then goes on to illustrate that each jelly bean represents a day in a person’s life. (http://omeleto.com/193535/) Using an average lifetime of 77.76 years he pours out 28,385 jelly beans. Next he forms piles according to how the average person’s time will be spent. We see the following breakdown:
Sandra, the leader of Jennifer’s home Bible Study, informed the women of her job promotion with Key Bank. As a result, she would be moving to another state. While the women cheered her good fortune, immediately they wondered what would happen to their group when she left. At first, there was quite a bit of discouragement. Jennifer was personally going through a rough time in her life as a parent and Sandra’s advice was often invaluable and encouraging.
This evening, I’m sitting at a desk at a Residence Inn in northern Virginia. At some hour today I reached a new milestone—I turned fifty. This is a splacious moment (my word for great!) With each passing year, I get to learn new things in older ways and I’m grateful to God for the privilege.
Have you ever engaged on a mission convinced you were doing the Lord’s will only to see your efforts defeated by some unforeseen event? Have you taken a job sure that it was God’s choice for you only to discover the boss was mean-spirited or the co-workers adept at making your life miserable? Have you lost a family member or experienced prolonged illness, convinced that God would bring healing and He didn’t? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions you probably have sincere issues to discuss with God regarding His will and timing.
Vainly I searched my desk for my pocket calendar. I needed it to determine which days to submit for pay for working at my reserve center. If I don’t look at my calendar on a daily basis there is a good chance I will miss an appointment. I’m somewhat bound by a schedule and dependent upon the information I write down on little squares.
On the bottom floor of a cheap motel near Fort Leonardwood, Missouri, a bespectacled man works late into the night cleaning piles of laundry. His eyes reveal his loneliness. Room 111 tells the story of a feckless life. On the table beside an old television sits a black Bible underneath a plate, a notepad, dust and her descendants. In the chaos of the surroundings a parable is born of a man whose dial is stuck in the shadow of futility.
Alas, we live in a society that desperately wants to deny the reality of aging. Aging is:
Watching people could easily become a favorite hobby for me. Do you ever notice the faces of oncoming drivers while sitting at a traffic light? Try it sometime. There is a lot to be learned about life in the expressions of those we encounter each day.
There is a phrase that I am becoming weary of hearing among Christians. Three short words that convey a very sad truth—“I used to . . .”
John 15:7--If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you.