Saturday, August 13, 2011

Views of Everyday Eternity

Our relationships with God, others, and ourselves—with life—always carry about them aspects of eternity; the ‘everyday’ issuing compelling evidence of an echo-through-the-age that resounds via the acts and inaction we engage in.

How could God judge us harshly when that echo is bound to be fraught with fault? We have nothing to feel guilty about beyond our genuine repentance.

But the subject is the fact of eternity in our everyday experience. That is, the fact of God in the humdrum phenomena of life; the Lord of life interested and involved in every little thing.

Even in the Little Things, Is God

In the objects of toileting; the thoughts of the next thing as we park the car; as we sleep; and, especially in our devotional time—there is God.

How special it is that we live on average three-score-and-ten, plus ten or twenty more perhaps if we’re fortunate, and there God travels with us each travailing second.

In the smallest, least significant thought—there, God.

In the massive decisions that tip our lives into fresh spectrums—there, also, God.

Real Life Is Cognisance of Eternity in the Everyday

Conscious living has many realms of living value; not all life is life—not by Jesus’ Spiritual understanding.

Jesus came to give the abundant life (John 10:10b) and it is this abundant life that we draw on when we see the eternal perspective playing out in the harmless seconds as well as in the significant ones.

What does this look like regarding what can be observed?

1. It’s standing at a slight distance from our own lives even from within our own bodies and minds. This is the ability to look on life with that little bit more patience and perspective. Although God is intimately interested in us, life is not really about us, not centrally.

2. It’s deliberately taking a turn, stepping into another’s shoes, even for fleeting moments to feel as they feel, or at least attempt it. Doing this puts paid to selfishness and all it takes is the awareness to think differently.

3. It’s committing ourselves to seeing God in everything—the good, the bad, and the indifferent; because, let’s face it, there is more indifference in life than either good or bad. As we bay in that truth we begin to understand, and accept, life is life: a gift, from eternity’s eyes, in anyone’s terms.

It is, of course, so many other things. We have only scraped the surface here.

But we get the idea, and the idea is the main thing.

© 2011 S. J. Wickham.

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