Afternoon light fading in the school room
I have a friend; a beautiful arty friend (I really admire ‘arty’ people), who lived in a small house in the early years of her married life. She and her husband set up a cute little studio in their small cellar. She’s the kind of crafty/creative type who can cut up bits of old books and pretty papers and make a master piece out of it .
One day I popped in to see my friend; she was working in her studio and had lots of little pretty pieces of paper all over her desk; they were arranged in a particular way that was important to her work. Whist I was there her husband came down, I can’t quite remember what he did, or why he did it but he either blew, or set something big down on the desk or swiped his hand across the desk, but whatever he did totally disrupted the table; her pretty papers flew everywhere, at which point my friend and I shrieked ‘noooo’ like the slow motion bit in a movie. Her husband, suddenly realising what he’d done, launched into a high pitched apology whilst scrappling on the floor trying to retrieve these important, intentional bits of paper.
This was when my friend said something that I have never forgotten, she said this: “You know, it’s OK, in the light of eternity it doesn’t really matter” This phrase, this expression of love and forgiveness for her husband and this beautiful nugget of inspiration crossed her lips and leapt into my soul; in.the.light.of.eternity – what really matters?
I’ve often reminded her of this moment; she doesn’t remember it but I know she lives it.
Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. Ecc 3:11
God created us to consider eternity in the here and now; to store up our treasures in heaven and not here on earth.
Our sight can get so clouded by our fast paced lives and our love affair with
knowing what other people are doing social media. Even when we’re consumed with the full and fast; the loud and the living, that whisper comes again, ‘eternity’
An eternal perspective readjusts our vision; helps us see longer and further. An eternal perspective makes the mundane look magnificent and the boring, well – look like a blessing!
“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.”
We’re so much bigger than today; every moment matters. I hear you mothers – it’s been a long day, you’re sleep deprived and coffee dependant! Your hormones are crazy wild; you’ve yelled at your husband and kids and nothing is working as Pinterest like as you imagined when you planned your week and scribbled out your long list of ‘to do’s’! You’ve cooked a lot of meals, washed a lot of dishes, changed a lot of nappies, picked up after the dog and helped others heal…whilst you hurt.
Look up! He is the lifter of your head – He catches the glint in your tired eyes and whispers it again, ‘eternity’.
It’s time to start looking past the pain of today and begin to celebrate the echo’s of eternal hope living inside of you – nothing is ordinary, everything you do has worth and significance.
“For the Present is the point at which time touches eternity.”
― C. S. Lewis