I am learning that there is always time for the things the Lord wants us to do. The writings of Charles Williams opened my mind more than anything else to the fact that our God does not exist in a world of time the way we humans do.
This English writer had the amazing ability of realistically combining the spiritual world with the material world. Each of his seven novels has the flavor of that Old Testament incident at Dothan where the prophet Elisha prayed that the eyes of his servants might be opened to see the fiery chariots and forces of the Lord. In All Hallows’ Eve,the city of death is superimposed upon the city of life. Or, according to Williams, they “co inhere.” The reader’s mind is continually stretched to look at time in ingenious and in more-than-human ways.
I like to think of time as a capsule spinning out in space. In this protective enclosure man exists. Outside is the vast universe into which he makes tentative explorations, discovering that there the aging process is slowed. Time is a human dimension, not a godly one. God cannot be contained by time.
Scripture proclaims in Isaiah that He is “the high and lofty one who inhabits eternity.” God is outside the capsule, beyond our limited concept of time. One thousand years are as but a day in His sight. Our minds are boggled at the mathematics required to communicate this incomprehensible dimension. Yet that very universe is somehow contained for, by, and within Him.
Ecclesiastes tells us, “He has planted eternity in our hearts.” What the ramifications of this may be are hard to tell. Perhaps there is an inner yearning to be beyond time, a continual struggle for immortality, for example, in the dictator, perverted as he seeks to strike lasting notches in finite time. I see some of this struggle in myself, yet there is more. Daily I experience, when I am doing the work He has set me to do, His manipulation of this human element to increase my usefulness for Himself.
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Karen has long had an interest in Christian hospitality and is the author of the best-selling book, Open Heart, Open Home.
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