I am reading for a second time the book, How People Change. It is challenging me to go deeper within my heart to understand why I do the things I do. I had to put the book down when the author, Paul Tripp asked the question, “Can you see yourself in eternity?” What a basic question, though, yet I find myself wrestling with the idea that is meant to be the foundation of my hope. I will admit, I don’t often think about eternity. It is eye opening to realize that looking at life through the filter of eternity, an eternity in the presence of the One who restored me to my Creator is not my first thought of the day. Eternity should excite me, and you. It should be the very heartbeat of life!
As I am sitting here, sipping on some coffee reflecting on the here and now versus eternity, I am encouraged. The truth of the matter is, in no way shape or form are the things that we come up against minuscule. When we have something to look forward to, though, it is incredible how hope begins to give way into some of our darkest hours. Even when those real and raw situations can easily sweep us away, from God, there is no condemnation for those who are in Messiah. Therefore, as we have days where our walk with God seems perfect and other times we are barely hanging by a thread. Remember, the balancing act of walking out this life faced with the things that are very real for you and me in light of eternity will surely take practice. Resting in the truth that God is at work in all of us, and exercising our thoughts to look forward to eternity, together we can begin realizing that we have something very tangible to get us through to the other side. That is a real and promising hope called “Eternity.”