I’m not talking about the time between when someone asks you a question in front of everyone, putting you on the spot…..and the time it takes for the answer to finally pop into your head. Nor the time between when a loved one goes into surgery…..and the surgeon comes out to tell you that everything’s fine. Nor even the time between when you have a medical test done and you wait to hear if it’s life…..or death. No, I’m talking about the real eternity, as in never-ending, everlasting, in other words…..forever.
I find myself thinking about eternity a lot more these days. I’m sure a big part of that has to do with getting older. But it definitely also has to do with the state of our world. Just when you think it can’t get any crazier…it does! Just when you think “you’ve heard it all”… you haven’t! As I’ve said before, the word “unbelievable” no longer exists in my vocabulary.
Yes, it’s easy to get discouraged, frustrated, disappointed and sometimes even outraged at the injustices going on and the prevalence of sin in our society. However, we need to remember that sin is not new, and, unfortunately, it is going to get a lot worse before it gets better. But as the saying goes, “Every cloud has a silver lining” and for followers of Jesus, that silver lining is Jesus Himself, as every day brings us closer to His triumphant return. And He is coming back! But even if He tarries, we all have a “come to Jesus meeting” in our future, and for followers of Him, it will be a meeting that lasts forever.
In the meantime, I am learning to look at the things of this world through the eyes of eternity. When viewed through that perspective, I find it easier to remember how inconsequential many of the things are that tend to upset and discourage me. In the big scheme of things, they are not even a blink of the eye compared to eternity, so why should I let them get me down, when I should be looking up?
When I was a teenager, I had an album by Tony Orlando and Dawn that had a song on it called “Up on the Roof” (written by Carole King) that I really liked…
“When this old world starts getting me down, and people are just too much for me to face; I climb way up to the top of the stairs, and all my cares just drift right into space; On the roof, it’s peaceful as can be, and there the world below can’t bother me….”
When the things of this world start getting us down, as Christians, I would encourage us not to focus our attention only as high as the roof… let’s aim much higher than that! Instead of just climbing the stairs to the roof, let’s climb the stairway to heaven! Let’s set our sights on Jesus! As it says in one of my favorite songs of encouragement…
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face; And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33