I remember as a child trying to get a grip on what eternity meant. I asked my mom, “What do you mean, you go to heaven forever? Wouldn’t you get tired of always being in the same place?” She acknowledged that “Eternal Life” was difficult to imagine, but we could trust God that it would be very beautiful.
The last 6 months I’ve had more insight into the meaning of “Eternal Life,” as my husband of 42 years passed away with sudden cardiac death. I have felt a blessed calm that he is in a place of Ever-Present Love and Beauty. Even though it’s difficult to wrap my head around the concept of eternity while I am still in my earthly body, I believe it is likely even more real than what is visible on this earth (I Corinthians 2:9).
My astute 4-year old grandson said shortly after my husband passed away, “I can hear Papa singing with my ‘God ears’.” Maybe we don’t have to wait until we leave our earthly bodies to experience “Eternal Life.” Perhaps if we listen carefully enough with our “God ears,” we will experience the reality of “Eternal Life” while on this earth. If we take the time to see with our “God eyes,” we won’t miss the Ever-Present Love and Beauty. And, if we just pause and touch the world with our “God hands,” we can enjoy Eternal Peace now.
Eternal Life: now and forever.