I know, I know… It’s been an eternity since I last posted on my blog. So sorry, folks! But I think I might have a good reason. Lots of exciting things have been happening around here and I will be telling you about some of it very soon. Let me just give you a two-word hint for now: COLOURING BOOKS! Oh yeah… *insert joyous Snoopy dance … or Hobbes dance … whichever you prefer!*
Until my next update (which I promise will be before the end of the year), here’s a little something I wrote the other day for my church newsletter. I hope it inspires you. If it does, please leave a comment and share this with a friend!
Thoughts on Eternity
One of the fir trees behind our house, which was barely two feet tall when my father planted it over 30 years ago, had grown to about five storeys high. On June 23, the top seven feet broke off, mercifully falling into our second-storey patio instead of on top of my sister’s car on the other side of our fence. The top two feet or so of the portion that broke off weighed at least 50 pounds, by our estimation. The full seven feet must have weighed at least 200 pounds.
Here’s a little gallery of the photos I took after the treetop tumbled:
I find it a bit ironic that firs are evergreens but even this hardy tree, which has withstood many winters and storms, was vulnerable under the weight of its own cones. The burden was too great and it cracked.
When Isaiah said, “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever” (40:8), even evergreens were not counted as exceptions. Every created thing, whether human or natural, is finite. From the instant melting of delicate snowflakes to the gradual erosion of majestic mountains, nothing on earth is immune to deterioration.
This serves to highlight the truth and profundity of Isaiah’s proclamation about God’s word. Contrary to what’s on earth, everything about God is infinite and eternal—His power, His wisdom, His holiness, His love. He is not bound by space. He is not limited by time. Nothing can stop Him or contain Him.
Don’t we all long to be that free? Don’t we long to be unburdened of the shackles that weigh us down and slow us down? We want to be strong, pure, brave, wise and good, and we want to live forever? Why is that?
First of all, we must remember that we have all been created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27). Secondly, as King Solomon put it in Ecclesiastes 3:11, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
This hope of eternity, the promise of eternal life, is what keeps us going. As we celebrate Christ’s birth this month, we must remember why He came to earth: to become the sacrifice that would provide a way for us to be reconciled to God and be saved for eternity. John 3:16 says it all: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”