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An Even Briefer History of Time

May 7, 2015

When I wrote my piece for the May edition of the Anglican Parish Magazine (yes, our Baptist church has a page there – we’re so ecumenical around here!), it was still the end of March – that kind of deadline requires some forward thinking…

But it also highlights how we as humans live in the constant flow of time: part of my life is already past, an unknown percentage is still future, and I’m permanently living in the present. They constantly interact and interfere: we might be influenced in the present by something that happened in the past; the future will certainly depend on what I’m doing now (if I hit “Delete”, you won’t be reading what you’re reading); and even though we can’t change the past, we constantly reinterpret it in the light of more recent events.

God, on the other hand, doesn’t share this limitation. Whereas we are subjected to the flow of time, he created and controls it. We can’t even begin to understand what that means – but here is one important implication: God sees the whole picture. We don’t understand the past and can’t begin to guess the future (not even the upcoming elections); unlike Stephen Hawking (his best-selling Brief History of Time notwithstanding), God has a full, unlimited and complete view of the whole scope of time, from eternity past to eternity future.

That is reassuring: nothing we have been through – or could have been through – is unknown to God. So we can safely entrust our lives to him: nobody else has the capacity to fully deal with them! And the good news is: no life is wasted, no life is worthless, if God is allowed to redeem it for his kingdom.


From → Christianity, Faith, Jesus

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