There will be time.
That’s something I think a lot of us don’t believe.
We constantly hear complaints about how there is not enough time in the day to get done what needs to get done. We have to keep jam packed calendars to fit everything in, and we feel that slight anxiety when an emergency interrupts our overflowing agenda.
I’ve been asking myself the question: When I’m living loved, how should I spend my time? Like he often does, God has responded with another question: How do you view time?
Do I see my time as limiting, or limited? Do I hold it so tightly I can’t give it to anyone? Or do I give it so freely I don’t let God define my time?
As I’ve been looking at Genesis once again, I’m reminded through the creation narrative that time is a created thing. Before there was time, there was God. I have found an incomprehensible comfort in even attempting to contemplate what that means. I’m not talking about science, but simply the character of God and what it means if we believe the words in the Bible. There is a peace that comes when you realize God is not limited by time, nor does it have to limit you. There will be time, especially when you dwell with the one that created it.
But what does that actually mean for our day to day lives?
It means that we can rest. I don’t have to worry about him fulfilling his plan in my life as I walk in obedience. He is outside of our timeline and therefore sees the big picture way better than we ever could. I’m limited in sight, but he isn’t.
“Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” – Psalm 90:2
One of my life goals is to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. Ever since I was in Bolivia, mountains have always represented strength and sureness to me. There is something majestic about them. I think that in our fickle society with ranging circumstances and wavering relationships, our hearts affix to the firmness and fixed state of mountains. Mountains stand steadfast in strength amidst our world that seem to be anything but.
And this psalmist makes an incredibly powerful statement. Before the immovable mountains were formed, God was God. Before everything we see, he was there. He is the surest thing in the world.
If we truly believe in God, then that means we get personal access to a perspective beyond our limited perception. If we truly believe in Jesus then that means even though he was outside of time, he stepped into it, experiencing the deepest parts of our world, including all the pain and bane.
So, in him we can be personal, connecting to God who understands our world, yet has a completely different perspective of it.
Before I sat down to write this, my heart started to wander, worrying if I would get everything done that needs to be. Now, I’m laughing. Do I think God sits up in heaven worrying if his plan will manifest in the time allotted?
So why do I?
I’m not saying we sit back in passivity and let God do everything. In fact, I think we are the plan that God put in place to “do everything.” But, what if we asked him how he sees time and how we can therefore spend it?
I’ve come once again to that peace that surpasses understanding living in the reality that there will be time when you dwell with the one that created it.
Song Recommendation: There will be Time by Mumford & Sons