Does God tell time?

I grew up reading and loving C.S. Lewis.  When I became an adult I still read his fiction for children but began to explore his inspiration writings for adults.  One of the things that I love about Lewis is his ability to balance the head and heart in his theology.  I need something that is going to make me think, not just feel warm and fuzzy.

Way back in college I got a large volume that contained 4 of his bestselling works, Surprised by Joy, Reflections on the Psalms, The Four Loves and The Business of Heaven.  I had every intention of reading and being inspired but I’m going to admit to you right now that since that time long ago I have hardly cracked this book.  It has traveled from state to state, apartment to house, bookshelf to bookshelf without much ado.  Two weeks ago Harry decided I needed to start reading it.  He was digging through my stuff in the bedroom (as he does) and decided to pull this big thick book off the shelf and find a new home for the dust jacket.  I discovered his mischief and flipped through the book to discover that The Business of Heaven contains 356 daily readings.  Well what do you know.  Just what I needed to spur my ongoing struggle with daily devotion. That day’s devotion happened to be about the relationship (or lack there of) between God and time.  The idea that God does not operate on the same time schedule that we do is very interesting to me and sometimes difficult to wrap my head around.  We move along our time line from birth to death and nary the two shall meet.  For God there is no such time line.  It is all happening right now.  We experience this world moment by moment.  God experiences all of the moments at the same time.

Almost certainly God is not in time.  His life does not consist of moments following one another.  If a million people are praying to Him at ten-thirty tonight, He need not listen to them all in that one little snippet which we call ten-thirty.  Ten-thirty – and every other moment from the beginning of the world – is always the Present for Him.  If you like to put it that way, He has all eternity in which to listen to the split second of prayer put up by a pilot as his plane crashes in flames. – The Business of Heaven, November 8, C.S. Lewis

Oh my goodness, that is so wonderfully heavy.  In other words we have God’s attention, infinitely.

4 Responses

  1. organizeforgood

    What a wonderful thought…we have God’s attention, infinitely. That certainly is a powerful statement which solicits contemplative meditation! It’s so easy to put God into a box and attempt to define and understand Him through our simple human reasoning. Your post shows the absurdity of that attempt for certain. He is beyond our understanding and our concept of time. Thank you for revealing such a great concept.

  2. Kevin J. Parham

    You have pointed out a universal truth. Time is nebulous with respect to God. It is beyond our comprehension to be able to fully understand this concept. We have limited life on this earth, so it would make sense for us to be ever-cognizant of the passage of time. However, beyond this existence, I would imagine that time is an immaterial measurement…something that has no relevance.

    BTW – great blog page!

    Thanks for sharing your deep introspection.

    Best,
    Kevin

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