A Time in Eternity 

The idea of eternity is so ‘out there’ that it’s hard to even fathom the depth of the term. God is eternal. Past, present and future collide.

Believing in Jesus puts us in that category as well.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”- (John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭NIV‬‬)

From the moment we surrender to the will of God, accepting Jesus as our Savior, we most certainly have eternal life. Eternity doesn’t begin once we die. Eternity begins now. Today is the day of salvation. Today is the day of eternity.

However, while our eternal spirits dwell in these finite bodies, we are subject to time. We age. We watch the sun rise and go down. The seconds tick by on our (smart) watches. Those of us with children get to watch time literally fly before our very eyes as the little ones grow.

So what is time to a mundane promised eternity?

“To everything there is a season, A time for everypurpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throwaway; A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.”-(‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3:1-8 NKJV)

I could spend weeks dissecting each word in this passage. However for the sake of time I just want to share what this speaks to me on a macro level.


I live in Texas so we are really just now entering into the season of fall. Reds, golds, yellows and browns; the leaves are changing colors and beginning to fall. If I didn’t know from experience, it would seem as though the trees were dying. But the trees aren’t dying, they’re losing their leaves so that only the strongest parts of the trees remain to withstand the cold.

A loss is a gain.

Less leaves means less energy used to provide for those leaves and more energy used elsewhere in order for the tree to survive longterm– that’s the Reader’sDigest version.

Removing one part to build up the whole.

See Solomon was describing this relationship between conflicting moments, and the last bit of this passage is my favorite!

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.”- (‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)

 We can walk unhindered throughout these cracks in time because we have eternity in our hearts.

The seemingly bad times are just that, moments in time! The temporary challenges do not have the authority to overrule the promised eternal life placed within you. I know, I know. Who wants to hear that when they are going through it? But it’s true, and dwelling on truth when the hurdles arise is the best way to keep one foot in front of the other.

All of us are experiencing one of these moments in time. We’re all in a season. So remember, it’s just that, a season. Another is coming.

Let this season bring about the growth in your heart that will help you survive and thrive during the next! Not only that, but know in the very marrow of your bones that God is making everything beautiful in it’s time. As a believer in Christ, your time is now. You can choose to see the beauty, the life, and the blessing now regardless of the death and curses occurring throughout the world.

Look around and find the beauty.

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I encourage you to pray for the Lord to show you the beauty and to change your heart to choose the blessings even when you don’t see them!

Deep calls out to Deep

The Challenger Deep is the lowest known point on planet earth’s surface. Being over 35,700 feet deep, it is deeper than Mt. Everest is tall (the tallest mountain on earth). The pressure is so extreme that humans would be completely crushed upon entering this abyss! It’s nuts!

But it has an end; it can be measured. The Challenger Deep has a limit. On the other hand, the One who created this abyss that baffles the human mind and fascinates science is limitless. God is depthless.

And our deep calls out to His deep.

Now that’s pretty deep!

Let’s go ahead and dive right in to this.

*someone please appreciate my puns*

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.”- (‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1:1-3‬ ‭NKJV‬)

The Hebrew word for ‘deep’ used here is tehom and it means confusion, empty place, without form, nothing, waste, vain or barren. The Challenger Deep doesn’t stand a chance against against this OG, limitless deep.

The Spirit of God floated over this dark, deep abyss and spoke light into the vast, endless depths, sparking an unstoppable transformation still evolving creation today.

God’s light overcame the darkness. God’s vast depths filled up the earth’s vast nothingness.

The created cannot outmatch the Creator.

The same applies to us.

“Deep calls to deep at the [thundering] sound of Your waterfalls; All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.”-(PSALM‬ ‭42:7‬ ‭AMP‬‬)

David is really down here in Psalms 42. He is lonely and questioning God’s presence in his life. But he still has hope that the One who helped him before will respond to his cry now.

He uses the same word, tehom, to describe his soul’s depths.

Confusion, empty place, and waste land.

But see where our depths seem never-ending, where our emotions seem all-consuming, where our situations seem utterly encompassing..they can not compare to the true vastness of God.

Our deep calls out to God’s deep. It’s intimate and it’s real. We may not even be aware, but we are constantly sending distress signals to the Lord.

What’s even better is there IS always a response to our emergency calls! The Spirit of God is hovering over our depths and darkness.

What I hear when I read this, is that it applies to all people-both believers in Christ and non-believers. To all humans, He is constantly speaking light into the darkness, ready to form something out of our nothingness should we allow His light to resonate in our hearts.

He knows you. God hears your cries. Even the ones buried at the bottom of your self- the ones so painful they’ve been forgotten.

God is with you now, speaking light into the darkness, and wanting to form something beautiful out of the confusion.

Let God in.

See what Jesus has to offer your deep cries.

“”The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations, And they shall repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations.”- (‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭61:1-4‬ ‭NKJV‬)

Accept God’s great exchange from nothing to something, impossible to possible, ashes to beauty.
Your depths and the pressure that comes with them seem endless and overwhelming to you; but, like science, no depth can outmatch our limitless God. Hear His response to your cry.

Step outside of your home, feel the sun warm your face, and watch your eyes adjust to the brightness. Let Him do that to your soul, lighting up your worry and soothing your doubt.

He is there. He is light. He is love.
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References:

  • Hebrew definition for ‘deep’:

       “Deep.” Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance: New American Standard Bible, updated ed.,

Lockman Foundation, 1995. Bible Hub, http://www.biblehub.com