Summer’s over…Now what?
Summer. Fall. Winter. Spring.
Years. Months. Days.
Hours. Minutes. Seconds.
We’re so tied to time, you and me. If you’re an American, then you’re tied to it even more. All cultures live with time, but some are not as bound by it as others seem to be. As an American, if you’re in business, time is money. If you’re a politician, time is power. If you’re in the entertainment field, time is of the essence. If you’re in sports, time is running out.
For those of us in education, we’re bound by it the most, I think. I mean, who sets up a parent conference or meeting at 11:18 AM? Teachers. “That’s when my planning period begins, and we need to get as much covered as possible before our time is up.”
When it comes to time, however, I believe God sits back and chuckles a bit. The spiritual world—the one we are so oblivious to sometimes—doesn’t follow a calendar. Angels never winter in Florida or Arizona. Demons never punch a time clock.
In 2 Peter 3:8, it says as far as the Lord is concerned, a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like a day. To God, time is irrelevant. It has no meaning to him. In the spiritual realm, there is no future and past like we know and experience those terms. The spiritual world runs concurrent with this physical world we see, touch, taste, feel, and hear, but it runs circles around it, too. I have come to the conclusion that we believers in Christ will be in for a huge surprise when we get to our Father’s house and see all there is…all there was…all the things we missed because our humanity got in the way of our heavenly citizenship.
So, it shouldn’t surprise us when people, who are not part of God’s family and have their humanity blocking their entire view, downplay the return of Christ, saying He has taken too long to return, so He must have been untruthful. He must be a myth. To them, Peter said, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9 – NIV; emphasis added). “Slowness” can only be slowness when tied to time. And it appears “some” have a faulty understanding of time, according to Peter, hence their attitude toward heavenly things.
To God, it’s only been a day or two since Jesus walked this earth. And it would seem, judging by the events unfolding in the Middle East, we may only have “minutes” left in these “Last Days.”
So, how do you plan to spend your time now that summer’s over?
C. Kevin Thompson is an ordained minister with a B.A. in Bible (Houghton College, Houghton, NY), an M.A. in Christian Studies (Wesley Biblical Seminary, Jackson, MS), and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership (National-Louis University, Wheeling, IL). He presently works as an assistant principal in a middle school. He also has several years experience as an administrator at the high school level.
A former Language Arts teacher, Kevin decided to put his money where his mouth was and write, fiction mostly. Now, years later, Kevin is a member of the Christian Authors Network (CAN), American Christian Fictions Writers (ACFW), and Word Weavers International. He is the Chapter President of Word Weavers-Lake County (FL), and his published works include two award-winning novels, The Serpent’s Grasp (Winner of the 2013 Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference Selah Award for First Fiction) and 30 Days Hath Revenge – A Blake Meyer Thriller: Book 1, as well as articles in The Wesleyan Advocate, The Preacher, Vista, The Des Moines Register and The Ocala Star-Banner.
Kevin is a huge fan of the TV series 24 , The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, and Criminal Minds, loves anything to do with Star Trek, and is a Sherlock Holmes fanatic, too.
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