For a while, a little two-year-old in my life was enamored with Buzz – you know Buzz Lightyear. Though he was still learning to talk, ‘To infinity and beyond’ rang throughout the house, in the car, wherever.
When you’re two or thirty-two or anything under fifty, life seems to stretch out ahead of you without thoughts of here and now ending anytime soon. But once you become grammy age and the reality of how quickly time moves you towards wrinkles and aches, eternity becomes something a lot more thought goes into – or at least it should.
“He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT)
When our cat of sixteen years passed, I wept and longed for that purring and sweet fur ball in my lap. The next time my almost three-year-old grandson came over he asked where kitty was. Pop-Pop tried to explain but boys who are three cannot grasp that something ends. Life is new and wondrous and that untouched belief in Jesus points them (unknowingly) to forever.
And it’s true – forever is real for every single man and woman. Where that eternity will be spent is the question. “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.” (John 3:36 NIV)
Here and now and a promise of tomorrow is not reality. Life quickly passes us by. God has a purpose and a plan for each of us on this earth – to those who will ask Jesus to be their Savior there is a promise of never-ending tomorrows.
But we are to live out His purpose and plan for us and give Him all glory so that as many of those we love and those we cross paths with can see our joy and want it for themselves.
To forever and beyond is the promise that gives us peace no matter what happens in this world, no matter the aches and pains and aging, no matter what. From here straight to God’s presence. “And this is what He promised us—eternal life.” (1John 2:25 NIV)
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