The timelessness of God

September 29, 2008

by Pastor Marianne Zitzewitz, Mount Hermon Lutheran Church, Annandale

There never seems to be enough time in a day. Today’s world is so fast-paced and so busy, that it seems like we are always running from one thing to the next, with not enough time to get there.

I think especially of our young people, getting up early to catch the school bus, hustling to various activities after school, working on homework late into the night, and not coming up with enough time at the end of the day for a good night’s sleep. But it affects plenty of adults too. I, for one, can never get everything done that I know needs to be done in a day.

There never seems to be enough time in a year. The seasons go around so fast. It hardly seemed possible it was time for children to go back to school this fall. We look at what didn’t get done this summer, and say “maybe next year.” And before we know it, the children are looking at us through the eyes of teenagers or adults.

There never seems to be enough time in a life. Good-byes are painfully hard when a loved one dies, and there are so many things that we never said, or didn’t say enough, so many things that we had always planned to do together . . .

There just never seems to be enough time. We always end up feeling squeezed, knowing that we have missed something important. But perhaps this “time crunch” can help us to realize the beauty and the holiness of a God who is eternal.

God has no beginning and no end. God simply is.

God is from forever, and until forever. God is endless life, endless love, endless joy, endless forgiveness, endless hope.

God is always more than we can imagine, because we always imagine an end to something. But God has no end.

In a world where we never seem to have enough time, how our hearts can long for a taste of the timelessness of God! And God grants us our desire.

Each time we come to Christ’s table for Holy Communion, God gives us a foretaste of the great heavenly banquet that will have no end. It’s a taste we receive right in the middle of our busy, time-pressed schedules.

What a gift for hurried souls! A taste of the coming of the kingdom, with its endless life and endless love. A taste of the day when there will always be enough time for everything.