In Light of Eternity

"If you see a light at the end of the tunnel - RUN!"

Perhaps you've heard that before, perhaps in a movie, perhaps joking around with a close friend. The problem with it, is that it's wrong. Today, I want to encourage you to run toward the Light...

Yesterday I mentioned that I'd be posting about an amazing thing that happened to me this past weekend.

On Sunday, I celebrated another birthday - I'm not one that cares too much about a lot of fanfare on my birthday, I prefer to keep it pretty simple, eat some cake, and enjoy a relaxing day!

This year was no different in my expectations. I did, however, ask my wife to plan a simple date for us to share since it was on the weekend and the grandparents wanted to keep the kids. I decided we would attend church with the grandparents since that's something we're not often able to do, it was a holiday weekend and I purposely scheduled a "down" weekend in terms of ministry and speaking.

Sounds pretty simple (ok, and maybe boring)...but God interrupted the span of about 7 or 8 minutes during church on Sunday morning completely without warning. We were in the middle of worship, and moving toward participating in communion. The worship team was singing a song I have never heard before (I've included a YouTube worship video below). The lyrics are:

You awaken my heart
From slumbering
Meet me in mourning
And you speak to my grief

You're the light in my darkness
The delight of my eyes
The hope of the daybreak
When the sun's slow to rise

I trust that every moment's in your hands
You're the God of my days

The King of my nights

Lord of my laughter
Sovereign in sorrow
You're the Prince of my praise
The love of my life
You never leave me

You are faithful
God of my days

You unveil my eyes
Help me to see
The arms of my Father
Encircling me
You're a constant companion
I am never alone
Your love is the banner
That's leading me home

My eyes are on You
My hope is in You
My faith is in You
My eyes are on You
My hope is in You
My faith is in You

During this song and communion I had a wonderful mid-life crisis. It's one that I've had before, just never in this fashion. In just a few moments of time, God began to help me see once again the journey of life He has us on. Full of life-changing decisions, but they pale in comparison to eternity. Complete with opportunity for adventure, yet quite boring if He's not involved. He helped me to see: 1.) my birthday - in light of eternity; 2.) my life - in light of eternity; 3.) my contribution - in light of eternity.

I left that service, and now have spent the last 4 days, glaring intently through the lens of eternity - because everything, every-thing, e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g is dismally small compared to eternity.

This type of awakening in one's spirit is usually reserved for a funeral of a close friend or family member; perhaps a parent, or a brother or sister. But God, by His Spirit, chose to interrupt my worship of Him to remind me...

In light of eternity, He's all that really matters!

  • He's the God of my days (and my birthdays)
  • He's the King of my nights (those lonely seasons where darkness and solitude are all that are found)
  • He's the Lord of my laughter (bringing joy that sustains through every season of life)
  • He's Sovereign in sorrow (reminding me that in my sorrow and sadness, all I need do is trust Him)
In light of eternity, He's all that really matters!

Isaiah says it this way:

The high and lofty one who lives in eternity,
the Holy One, says this:
“I live in the high and holy place
with those whose spirits are contrite and humble.
I restore the crushed spirit of the humble
and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts.

Isaiah 57:15

In Light of Eternity...
regardless of your situation...
regardless of your relationships...
regardless of station in life...

He is the God of my Days



anotherkindofdrew said...

Man, great post. I have to be honest. Some night I have laid awake thinking about eternity. Some nights I would even say the word 'forever' to much so that it lost meaning and became weird syllables echoing in my head. For a long time that would just freak me out. The concept of eternity would scare me in ways I can't describe. But those days have been over for some time. You are right, everything is dismally small compared to eternity and it is so wonderful knowing that my eternity will be with God in heaven. No fear there. In fact, nothing but joy, laughter, crystal rivers, streets of gold, etc. I WANT to party for eternity with the heavenly host. Thank you for inspiring my own little 2-second crisis. A great perspective for the day!

Debbie C. said...

Thanks, Rick, for this. Powerful!

Unknown said...

I'd just like to say that I love it when you are in "blog mode". Glad there have been lots of new posts lately! Great post!

revron said...

Great post. Awesome insight.

tylerdpeek said...

This is really awesome man! It really puts things in perspective.

Anonymous said...

It is so easy to get completely overcome by life. There are so many things going on in our lives that shout at us for our attention. Several times lately, as I've been driving down the road, I've been mindful that one day SOON I may be driving along and my spirit will just begin to rise from this world. WHAT A DELIGHTFUL THOUGHT! I'm so excited for the day. No more places to be, no more meetings to attend, no more errands to run, no more events to plan, no more car/house/family problems, no more conflicts. It's hard to imagine...UNTIL you focus your attention on eternity. Loved your piece, Rick. Maybe God is preparing our hearts for that day!!