" How completely satisfying to turn from our limitations to a God who has none. Eternal years lie in His heart. For Him time does not pass, it remains; and those who are in Christ share with Him all the riches of limitless time and endless years. God never hurries. There are no deadlines against which He must work. Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves. For those out of Christ, time is a devouring beast; before the sons of the new creation, time crouches and purrs and licks their hands." ~ A.W. Tozer
I have just finished the chapter called "God's Infinitude" in A.W. Tozer's book, The Knowledge of the Holy. And though the concept of infinitude, or limitlessness, is difficult to grasp, I found the above passage greatly comforting. Though it is impossible for the limited mind to grasp the Unlimited, we can appreciate what we do not understand. Being "unlimited" is wholly unlike anything that we have known in our world filled with time, space and matter.
However, the reason that I contemplate this unmeasurable attribute of my Abba is simple--He fascinates me and I want to learn everything about Him--I desire to know Him more and more.
As humans, time is often our enemy--stealing opportunities and energy and making memories of moments that we wish would last forever. We race against time. We try not to waste time. Sometimes we lose track of time.
In some instances, we resent time--wishing it to heal our hearts faster or unite us with loved ones sooner. Time plods along when we anxiously await for "that happy day".
God does not exist in time. He is not limited by "his list". He does not race to complete his purposes. He never hurries because he is boundless and free from the restraints of time.
I think He sees all of life--from creation to His return as one long glance--kind of like a panoramic photograph. Nothing takes Him by surprise. He knows what will happen next--because next is not next for Him for He is not limited by time. There is no past, present, and future for our Lord. He sees it all the same. Chance and change are not words that describe Him for He always--and will always--remain the same. Time cannot change Him for the better or for the worse like it can us, because He is perfect and continues to be that way.
As Christ-followers, these unfathomable truths should bring us peace. If God is not worried, then I can be confident. If God knows what is going to happen to me, then I can be secure. If God never changes, then I can believe in His faithfulness.
God is controlling time. He is not controlled by it. God is controlling us, so in Him, we are time-less. If we hide in Him and He lives through us, our lives can be that of a carefree child.
And time will be like Sasha, purring in my arms.
" Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable his judgments,
and his paths beyond tracing out!"