In the beginning, God created…lots of stuff. But implied in this opening phrase is this thing called time. Time was created by Him. But time doesn’t necessarily have to be measured by a clock. In fact, in the beginning, God didn’t create a clock. He created the sun, moon, and stars to help us determine the times and seasons. But you already know all of that and so do I. So what do we not know?
Well, I’m wondering how timelessness works. I mean, Christians talk about eternal life and eternity all the time. But when I ask most of them about it, they don’t know what the word means. They say it’s like when we’re in heaven and we sing songs for days and months and we keep doing this year after year after year. But I don’t know if that’s true. For one, I think we’ll be doing more than singing. For two, I don’t think we’ll measure time like that (days, months, years). I think heaven is outside of time. I think eternity has to do with timelessness.
Like when you’re first falling in love and the hours fly by as you spend time together. You started hanging out at 5 or 6 in the evening and all of the sudden it’s 1 or 2 in the morning. Or when you’re doing that activity that you absolutely love doing. You sit down and start at 10 in the morning and before you know it, it’s time for dinner. (For me that’s writing, reading, or teaching.) Or when you and your baby are laying on the couch watching television. You both feel at peace and you fall into a deep, relaxed state. You know what I’m talking about? Timelessness.
Musicians allude to this at times in their songs. Eminem has a lyric about how he “rewound the future to the present, paused it, don’t ask how.” Isn’t that crazy? The future…rewound…to the present…paused it. In the chorus of that song, he says that music is his time machine. And another musician, Bob Dylan, talks about how “the present now will later be past.” The present…now…will later be…past.
So what is time? I don’t know. But whatever it is, I don’t like it. I’d rather live without it. Until then, I’ll wait and I’ll prepare. For soon it will be now.