Time Continuum

Posted on Oct 19 , 2014 in Life Lessons

Time Continuum

© By Brad L Hodges

Humanity has no more barbarous master than time. It cares not what is wrought on body, mind or spirit as it courses through the rivers of ones life. It passes in increments of pain, expectation, sorrow or pleasure without regard for its victims desire. It answers to no mortal, heeds no rule, defends no creed. It is relentless in its permanence, yet ever-changing in its quest. —Brad L Hodges

2 Peter 3:8 (ESV)
But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Do you ever wonder where times goes, subtly aware of your total lack of mastery over it?

For me my iPad is like my morning newspaper each day, except I retrieve it off the shelf where it is charging, instead of the front porch where it may or may not be laying.

Each dawn begins where I make my four cup pot of coffee and while it is mindlessly brewing, play fetch with my cat Micah, acutely aware of the sound it makes until finished which will signal that near spiritual moment of the first cup. When the golden silence, indicating the end of the brewing process arrives, I conclude fetch, nab my reading glasses, pour that blessed inaugural cup, seize the iPad and settle into my recliner for my morning read/Internet immersion.

Sometimes, depending on the intensity or involvement of my activity I am stunned when I realize it is near noon when I emerge from my electronic wonderland with the age-old cliché “where did the time go?” You can apply that permanent loss of space and dimension to many daily, weekly, monthly or yearly activities of the human nature.

On a much larger scale; you are playing with your toys on the living room floor of your parents home, blink and you’re in high school and getting your driver license, blink and there you are in college getting your degree, blink you land your first decent paying job and launch a career, blink again and at the altar embracing marriage, blink the first child arrives, blink you lose your parents, blink your own children are part of the circle of life, blink you are at your retirement ceremony, blink, blink you may lose your spouse, blink and Jesus is greeting you in eternity.

“Where did the time go?”

Humans have attempted to master time since, well…the beginning of time itself. There are time limits, time restrictions, timelines, time management courses, time planners and time software all allegedly designed to help us get a grip on time yet it still evades us, despite our best and hardest efforts.

The exercise goes all the way back to Biblical time:

Psalm 90:12 (ESV)
So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

James 4:13-15 (ESV)
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”

Let me give you a secret; the hard, cold, truth is, that no one is the master of time, nor can anyone control its destiny but God who has no time limitations because for Him there is no such thing as time.

The fact is, the whole manifestation of time was launched when mankind broke fellowship with God in the Garden of Eden, evoking death and thus the evolution from birth to death and the perception of such a thing as “time.” We unknowingly created the very thing for which we have absolutely no control over.

So how do we truly manage our time here on earth? The answer is simple; WE don’t.

We need to learn, by abiding in God, to let Him manage our presence, resources, allocation and destiny from within its earthly limitations. In other words, that is the only way to free ourselves from the worry, concern and incessant obsession indigenous to time.

We don’t know when our personal earthly time will end or for that matter, all of time on earth will conclude. God, and only God knows that as Jesus flatly stated;

Mark 13:32 (ESV)
“But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

If you are a believer in the salvation of Jesus Christ you already know you have defeated time and ensured a place in eternity where time does not exist.

I’m not advocating, my any means, that we abandon all adherence to time or fail to submit to its earthly arrogation. The fact is that would be nearly impossible as humans, subject to the rules, regulations and organizational demands that run a society. According to society’s rule of order, to prevent total chaos, we find it necessary to be to school, work or other appointments and obligations at specific times. Can you imagine a society ordered by everyone showing up whenever they wanted to?

Of course as Ecclesiastes 3 biblically relays to us from God, who understands a need for an earthly time agenda, there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…so there are times when we can relax the demands of time such as vacations, leisure moments, etc. and not be so controlled by it. However we will, as long as we remain on earth, never escape its ultimate mastery over us.

The key to living and dying within the restrictions and demands of earthly time while at the same time keeping an eye on eternity and its complete lack of such restrictions, is to put time in perspective; we cannot control it, God can and because He sees the infinite end and the infinite beginning of all time, we need to learn to trust in His master plan for our lives in the time we are given on earth, whatever that may be, so we are prepared to enter God’s timeless realm at His choosing.

In the meantime, our responsibility in our time continuum, is to minister to others by sharing the good news of Christ’s salvation, so they too, will be ensured an eternity void of time.

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