Ticking Off Time

Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look on the earth beneath. For the heavens will vanish away like smoke, the earth will grow old like a garment, and those who dwell in it will die in like manner; but My salvation will be forever, and My righteousness will not be abolished.

Isaiah 51:6

We must give up this notion of ticking off time, of waiting for ‘our time’ to come, this vain-glorious idea that we will crest and eclipse those around us if we simply bide our time. Or, perhaps, that we will eclipse ourselves when the stars align…

Lift your eyes to the heavens! What solace! What comfort! What glory! As with all on the earth, the strong grow weaker by the day, the humblest outlasts the odds, names perish and are exchanged as often as humanity reorders its public motives and dealings, yet the heavens remain! The fire of sun lights our day, and the shadowy moon watches over the paths of night. Yes, these remain faithful, and we rejoice to see them —

And yet, He says to come closer, to hear wisdom from His mouth: these too will perish.

What will outlast the heavenly bodies? When heaven disintegrates and earth gasps its last breath? What hope do we have in lifting our eyes? Is it not the hope of remembrance of His salvation? Is it not the hope of His imputed righteousness and His word alone which can call us ‘righteous’ also? Is it not the delight of watching salvation and righteousness, like children, holding hands as they pass through the gates of forever?

Will our own remembrance support us so long? Will our own ‘time’ truly satisfy? What will it prove to ‘make your mark’, to ‘be somebody’? — Who will you be that you are not now already being? Are you waiting for humanity to acknowledge who you are?

Who are you?

Dear soul, have you been faithful? Have you exchanged your heart for His? Are you clothed in His righteousness — your fadeless and eternal garment? Or have you taken up some other cloak by which you strive to enter the eternal gates with some worldly entourage of highly visible and glamorous and important moments? Who are you now that you will not be in ‘your time’, if you are already in the good company of our Lord’s salvation?

Lift up your eyes. There are far more dire things in the world than your name on that important list of speakers, your name on the back of an album, your name upheld by subscription counts, your name in humanity’s mouths and their word that you are ‘good’. All these things are fading away; truthfully, they are already gone.

If you bear His name, your name is already golden, child.

Take courage and cheer!

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