The Reality of Now and the Eternal

We often act, and I think, tend to convince ourselves, that this world is all that there is. Even though we know that’s not the case—even though we know that the Eternal is the Really Real we’re looking toward, and now is just the opening chapter to the Eternal Story we’ve been invited into.

We spend so much time investing in the next 80 years here instead of the rest of Eternity—in what instance does it make sense to invest so aggressively and vainly into the short term when the long term is, well, what matters in the long term?

Our shortsightedness as people impedes us so significantly when we even try to comprehend Eternity that we forget, quite quickly and without much of a fight for the Really Real, that just because we can’t fully understand, doesn’t mean that it’s not True and Real.

We forget that one day, very soon, all of this will go away. We forget that the prelude to every book is short and ends rather quickly. And that it’s just the setup for a greater story—the Greatest Story Ever Told, in our particular situation.

Every time I read the Magician’s Nephew, I am stopped by the scene where the two main characters stumble across a dead world, and C.S. Lewis writes, “That world is ended, as if it had never been. Let the race of Adam and Eve take warning.”

So many of us put our Hope in the world, in its systems, in our public significance—and to what end? None of this will last forever except Him and His Words.

That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be pursuing a better world (for lack of a better, less cheesy term); we are called to act out Justice in a way that reflects the Goodness of God in our lives. And the whole point of that is pointing toward Him and the Kingdom Promises.

So maybe a better way of looking at the temporariness of the world we live in is that everything is temporary except those things that point to the Eternal.

“Seek Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly,” that’s the Call. That’s the whole thing because it is the ultimate Heaven Now.

And maybe this post was inspired by the fact that I just finished watching the Good Place and felt an urge to comment on the short-term, fragmented human experience on earth, or maybe it’s just because I think about this all the time, but it’s probably a mix of both.

We put so much stock in everything temporary—and forget the Call of the Eternal. That there is a battle that we are finishing—not beginning—in this world. And we’re not even the ones really finishing the war; we just get to be a part of it. We’ve been handpicked by the Really Real Himself to even exist at all. And in that, we are filled with Great Purpose, both in the temporary Now and the unequivocally meaning-filled Eternal.

“All their life in this world and all their adventures had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.” (C.S. Lewis)

So let us be boldly Eternally-minded as we walk through this temporary lifetime. Would we be so Bold, so steeped in the Presence, that we would not be obsessed with the temporary but thrilled to see the Kingdom come in our Right Now. Because the Right Now will soon become the Eternal—is the Eternal—and we will want to be invested in that, more than anything, we will find the Greatest of it all steeped in God Himself because the discovery of His Presence and Love is Eternal. We always get to learn and grow deeper into Him, and that is the most Wonderful Good News ever because He wants us so much and Loves us so much.

We are Loved immeasurably, so it would bode well for us to invest ourselves into the One Who is Immeasurable Love Himself.

We are made for Love, and right now, we see that in the Sacrifice of the Cross, the living out of Micah 6:8, and the Really Good of knowing that tomorrow holds another step even further into the Presence—a journey that never ends but the Best Journey we could imagine. Would Now be filled with Great Meaning and Purpose, pointed toward Eternity and preparing us for that day when we finally, finally, get to see the Face of the One we Love so greatly, and most importantly, the One Who Loves us more than we could ever imagine.

This is Good News.

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With Love,

Hannah

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