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Eternal Moments.

April 15, 2016

I'm not losing my mind. I'm not losing my mind. I'm not losing my mind.....

This morning I awoke and checked the clock. It was 5:17. Nice, I have 45 more minutes! Back to sleep I went!  Later, I heard the clock radio click on. Odd, there was no music playing. Perhaps the radio station was off air. Oh well, the alarm did click on and so I shut it off, got up, dressed, and trudged to the kitchen. As I glanced at the clock on the stove, it read 5:27. Wait. What?

I'm sure I heard the alarm click on and it is set for 6:05.

Well, I'm up now; I might as well stay up.

I'm not losing my mind; I absolutely heard the audible click of the clock radio. I think...  Those moments when the time is here but not yet confound me. I was awake, but should have been asleep.  

                                               (Fully bloomed tulip and the bud yet to burst forth)

The kingdom of God is like this. It is here but we cannot experience its fullness....yet. We await in expectation and can only imagine what we'll see when heaven opens for us. Then all of our faith moments will unfold in visual clarity. It'll probably take our breath away for an eternal moment.

    Nothing occurs here on earth of which God isn't aware. One day when I exhale for the last time, my family and friends might think it wasn't my time (The alarm went off too early).

        "...your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of

        them came to be." (Psalm 139:16b, NIV)

God will welcome me home (God's time is always perfect). While we live here, we experience God's glory and fullness from a mortal standpoint. One day when our bodies are clothed with immortality, we will experience the fullness of God and oh what an eternal moment it will be.

 

        "I declare to you, brothers (and sisters), that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does

        the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be

        changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead

        will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the

        imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the

        imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true:

        “Death has been swallowed up in victory.” “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is

        your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us

        the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:50-57, NIV)

 

In this life, we experience God like the bloomed tulip, then one day the mystery of the bud will open for us. What a glorious day that will be! Our harried minds will be found and function just fine. SLEEP? Who has time for sleep?

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