When When Becomes Whenever

Posted Mar 07, 2011 by Adrian Ebens in Devotional - Blog

Prov 8:30  Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;

I was just having lunch with my wife and we were discussing the concept of time in a relational dimension. I reminded her of a song that we both enjoy that reflects our relationship. Here is the first verse

Remember when it started could our hearts beat any faster
Excited by the height from which we fell
Floating like a feather where the when became whenever
We made those moments matter for ourselves
And I wonder if some day this dream will end
Cause I keep waking up to live it all again.

Even as finite beings we understand the concept of losing track of time; when the when becomes whenever. Can it be that the joy of the fellowship of the Father and His Son was such that time was not a prominent thing; it was not something that they focused on; time was absorbed by the relationship.

Yet again when is it that time seems to drag and we wish time would speed up, is it not for the yearning to be again in the fellowship of those we love? Is time for these six thousand years become important because of the separation of this planet from the Father and Son and is not the whole universe yearning for the sons of men to be reunited with the Father and Son? Time has now become important, but when we are in heaven again, and we are absorbed in the beauty, majesty and glory of our Father and His Son, will the when become whenever again and we return to a perception that time is irrelevant; time as it were stands still and bows to the fellowship of the Father and Son.

It is interesting to note where the trait of time serving comes from

Balaam "loved the wages of unrighteousness." 2 Peter 2:15. The sin of covetousness, which God declares to be idolatry, had made him a timeserver PP 439

Did not Lucifer covet the position of Christ and thus made himself a timeserver? Is not the obsession with time as a quantitative measure of deity a reflection of this covetousness?

The God I serve from Scripture is not a timeserver but rather is absorbed in the joy of the relationship with His Son and all that this fellowship has been extended to in the created universe. In the experience of such joy time indeed stands still and each moment is eternal. Time will endure for a night but eternity cometh in the morning.