The fulfillment of time...
At midnight the cry rang out: "Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!"
~ Matthew 25:6
It's just after midnight and I'm getting home from visiting a family who lost a loved one this evening. As I sat and listened to the family share of the person's illness, one thing that kept coming up were these words, "We just thought we would have more time."
One thing about life and death is that within the scope of our life and life eternal, God provides for the complete fullness of life.
God told Moses that God's name is "I am." Two words that mean that God is always. No past or future time proclaimed. Just always.
Jesus came to us in the fulfillment of scripture, but also, at a time that was perfect for God. One day we know that Jesus will once again return to create the fullness of God's promises.
So often we "hope for" more time, because like this family, death came unexpectedly. They were at a loss for words, but yet, the life of the one they loved had come to a completion. A chapter had been written, and a final season had arrived.
We hope that tomorrow, next week, next month or next year the real things will happen. But sometimes we experience the fullness of time. That is when it seems that time stands still, that past, present, and future become one; that everything is present where we are; and that God, we, and all that is have come together in total unity.
I would like to think that is when we experience God's time. In the first chapter of Ephesians we understand that in the fullness of time God will "bring everything together under Christ, as head, everything in the heavens and the earth."
For this family this evening, they received a glimpse of what that togetherness looks like. It is in the fullness of time that we meet God. It will be at the hour of our own death that we shall behold our own fullness with God.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
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Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.