This past Sunday afternoon our family gathered at our daughter Hannah's home for a final get together before Caleb's family returns to Ukraine. Only fourteen of us were missing--Ezra's and Rachel's families, Naomi and Jorge. As I studied this wonderful photo, I thought about how deeply TIME affects our lives. Mark and I met when we were just 16 years old; married when we were 21. Now nearly 50 years later we have experienced the birth, growth and maturity of our children and grandchildren. Everything about our lives can be placed on a TIMEline full of a mix of intensity, relaxation, sadness, and joy. However, TIME will end for all of us and then ETERNITY will be our reality.
I've tried to get a grasp of what ETERNITY truly is, but, TIME keeps making the parameters in my thoughts. TIMElines, growth, and change keep appearing in a realm where they don't exist. Is it even possible to understand ETERNITY until we are there? God clearly tells us in the Bible that He is eternal and that we are all headed to dying that never ends, or life that never ends. Psalm 90:2 "Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God." Matthew 25:46 "And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."
Let's put forth some effort to widen our understanding of eternity and our awesome eternal God this Thursday morning during our Bible Study time. I will be going to the airport to see Caleb's family off during the morning, so, Jo Cudney will be doing a wonderful job of teaching for me.