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Pausing to Wonder

Did you use your microwave to warm your food today? We live in a microwave age where even waiting a few seconds for a YouTube video to buffer can seem like eons.

Do you remember when postal mail was the only option?

When I was a child, I had a pen-pal in Seoul, Korea. Because of the geographic distance, our correspondence required several days of waiting patiently between letters. It’s hard to even comprehend living with that kind of slow messaging today! Waiting isn’t something we have to do a lot these days—especially when it comes to communication.

While I love the ease and convenience of email, I think living without the pause that comes from “waiting” makes it even more difficult for us to grasp the concept of the eternal.

The danger of living in the instantaneous is losing the wonder of the eternal .

Pause a moment. Uh . . . I know pausing is hard when you are accustomed to rapidly clicking your way through cyberspace. But try to pause a moment and contemplate the word “eternal.”

Eternal means: existing outside all relations of time; without beginning or end; lasting forever; always existing, as opposed to temporal.

Before there was time, before the babe came in the manger, before the calling of Moses or the choosing of Abraham, before the creation of earth’s first molecule, before anything we can comprehend or conceive—God existed.

The self-existent, non-created, self-sustaining God existed as the great “I AM” . . . before.

You may find the eternality of God a little unsettling because it is impossible to wrap your mind around the concept. But I find God’s incomprehensible mysteries comforting. If He was easily figured out, able to be contained by philosophical formulas or algebraic equations, He would cease to be transcendent God. As God, we should expect His attributes and activities to exceed our ordinary limits of thinking.

Don’t miss seeing the eternal intersecting with the temporal.

Although God is transcendent, He is also personal and He lets us in on some of His plans. It is the eternal intersecting with the temporal. That’s what happens in Scripture, and perhaps we see that most vividly in the Messianic prophecies. One of my favorite Old Testament Messianic prophecies breaks through the time barrier to accurately pinpoint for us the city of Jesus’ birth hundreds of years before He was born:

[box]”But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity” (Micah 5:2).[/box]

The eternal God was delivering the message of redemption and hope to people living in the temporary. He was demonstrating His trustworthiness and His eternal existence by giving His people a heads-up message and preview of events long before they would play out.

Today, when you push the “Start” button on your microwave and have a few seconds to “wait,” use the time to think about this amazing truth:

The eternal God established the eternal plan that the eternal Son of God would be born in a manger, in the rural village of Bethlehem, to accomplish His lasting work of redemption!

Reflect, be amazed, and wonder. This is the eternal intersecting with the temporal.

Take time to pause and wonder today.

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4 Comments

  • Barb

    Kimberly,
    I have been thinking of that same wonder actually. The world as we once knew is changing rapidly because of the political temperature and sometimes fear overwhelms me. We were coming home from visiting Abby last weekend and the most gorgeous sunset painted the sky. Usually the sunset is gone in a moment, but this time was different. It lasted quite awhile and became more spectacular by the moment.

    That sunset spoke hope to me that God is still there, painting skies for us, as well as being in charge of all that is happening in our world. I love that He is such a personal God meeting us where we are!

    Oh, I also wanted to tell you my counselor has added your book to her list of resources! Praying for you and your ministry!

    Still praying together…

    Barb

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Wow, Barb ~

    That is so encouraging to know that you and Roger are faithfully praying together. That will make more of an impact on your marriage than anything else. If you are able, I hope you’ll check out the True Woman ’14 conference this next week through live stream. You can watch several of the messages online. I think you might find it helpful. I’ll post the link below:

    http://www.truewoman14.com/live/

    Also, I’m really excited that your counselor is adding “Fierce Women” to her list of resources. Thanks for passing it on to her!

    Thank you so much for your prayers, dear friend. That means a lot! I’ll be leaving for Indianapolis on Wednesday morning and your prayers for that event will be greatly appreciated!

    Pausing to pray for you and Roger, now ~

  • pamela lombardi

    By the grace of God, I’m constantly thinking about the eternal! When we stand before Him and then live with Him for all eternity and live the believers that have gone before us!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello Pamela ~

    I can’t say I’m constantly thinking about the eternal, but it is much on my heart, and I desire to stay in constant communication with the Father. As I recognize how quickly this life is passing, my future that will be spent with Him is fast approaching! Looking forward to it 🙂