And so begins another week…
I’m grateful for a restful, worry-free weekend and feel that I have a renewed sense of hope and peace about everything. I’m trying not to get myself too worked up about Thursday. Again, what. will. worrying. solve?? Nothing. I strive to stay focused in the present and enjoy these peaceful days.
I look over at this precious bundle of sweet baby Nora sound asleep next to me. She sleeps peacefully, radiating a little dream smile every so often (she dreams of milkies).
When I look at all 7 lbs. 8 oz. of her and think about how much I love her, it almost physically hurts. It is surreal to me to think that there could ever possibly be a greater love than a parent has for their child, yet that is God’s love for us as His children. We are made in His image which is why we are able to experience and feel love, but it’s probably a sort of LITE version. Were the full version installed on our primitive operating systems it would most certainly result in a system failure. We couldn’t handle it. It would kill us. That amazes me even though I can’t quite wrap my head around it.
Also programmed into our circuitry is the longing for eternity. All you have to do to see evidence of that is take a stroll through the grocery store or simply turn on the TV in the comfort of your own home. An endless barrage of age defying products, procedures, tips and solutions around every corner and on every other channel. Everyone wants to look 21… (myself included)! Were I to admonish these products or the people that use them, I’d be the biggest hypocrite alive! Stop for a minute though and think about this quest for eternal youth. It’s not just a passing fad or something that has come about in recent years. There has never been, to my knowledge, an era or culture as a whole that has embraced aging. No one is going out to get fake crows feet or spending hours in the salon to get their roots dyed gray. (?) (Correct me if I’m wrong!) We want to stay young and live “forever” because that is how God wired us! Eternity is so deeply rooted in our hearts, yet for many, this is just simply a way of life without bothering to think about it! Honestly, I myself hadn’t ever really given it a second thought until recently.
Perhaps this is why it pains us so deeply when we lose a loved one. In our limited reference of this world it may SEEM like this is all there is. This IS our “forever” as we know it. As Christ followers we have been given the promise of eternal life. But because eternity is only a concept to us right now in our limited minds, we don’t and can’t fully grasp it. It is uncomfortable to lose the people we love to a concept that doesn’t fully make sense to us right now, even though we fully believe in it.
So here we all are doing the best we know how with what we have been given. We love, we live, we experience heartaches and the pain of loss. Then one day (in what will then seem like the blink of an eye) this will all be behind us. The “veil” that protected us on this earth by allowing us to live in ignorant bliss will be torn. No longer will we need the protection of the concept of time. Our quest for eternal youth will suddenly make total sense. And the full version of God’s love will be fully compatible with our upgraded operating systems. I believe in that, I place my hope in that. THIS. ISN’T. ALL. THERE. IS.
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. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.
(Ecclesiastes 3:11-14 NIV)
If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.
(1 Corinthians 15:19 NIV)