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June 3, 2021

From The Vantage Point of Eternity


To see from the vantage point of eternity

is to catch your feet—the feet that have been running far too fast than they were meant to,

to catch your breath—the breath you lost when you forgot that the aim is not for perfection,

and to acknowledge your Creator—your Creator who knows the beginning from the end, the ins and outs of your soul and the numbers of hairs on your head.

To see from the vantage point of eternity is to ease the static of your being, knowing that this life is not the end; it’s only the beginning.

This life is not the end. It’s only the beginning.

I think back on my life and realize that for whatever reason, I’ve never had a good understanding on what life is about. I never wondered the purpose of life or how life came about. As an adult now—an adult that has been searching for her true “purpose”—I’ve found myself searching this life for meaning, for something that will sustain me, fill me, and give me something worth waking up for.

Have you, too, found yourself here? Searching the world—physically—for something that can only be found eternally—spiritually?

Are you exhausting yourself over something impossible? Are you asking the right questions, yearning for the right things in all of the wrong places? You see, I didn’t and still don’t want to waste the time I have here, and I know you don’t either…no one desires to wake up old some day and wish they had done things differently. But it was within this desire, that I was not recognizing the overarching view. I was unaware of the key piece of the puzzle that could actually sustain me forward.

What is the purpose of my life? Why am I here? Why is anyone here? How do I know what to do next, and what the right thing is to do? What’s even the point?

I’ve asked a lot of questions with the right intent. I’ve asked a lot of questions, all while forgetting the most important questions. The most important questions being, who am I asking these questions to? Where am I going for my answers? Is it to the world or to the One who created the world?

We can desire the right thing with the wrong vantage point. I’d be lying if I said I always thought to first ask my Creator, the one who created the entire universe, the one who had my life plan written out before it had even begun and the one who holds all the answers to any question I could ever ask.

I had been going to the world with my questions and not to my Creator.

What about you? Where do you go for your answers?

"Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth." Colossians 3:2

To search this life here for meaning, is hopeless. Where our hope lies, is seeing from the vantage point of eternity. This is not looking to creation, but looking to the Creator—the Creator of the earth and the Creator of you and me.

Who is it that decides the purpose of a creation? Is it the creation itself? Or, is it the one who carefully crafted and molded it together?

Can you see, how are we to ever lose hope with the vantage point of eternity? Within the vantage point of eternity, we see this life is only the beginning. We know that while what we do with this life is important, we have far more than we could ever imagine ahead. Does this help you breathe easier?

So, where do you get stuck? Where do you find yourself paralyzed? Is it at the thought of death? Are you scrambling to make everything come true in this life because you lost your vantage point that this life is not the end? Why scramble to reach all here right now, when this life is but a vapor?

Or, is it disappointment with yourself? Are you frustrated with falling behind just after you thought you were making progress? Have you forgot that in this life, perfection is unobtainable? So ask yourself this, are you trying to obtain what can only be obtained in the heavenlies?

To see from the vantage point of eternity, is to finally find who you were created to be and live how you were created to live— in close relation and communion with the Father. It is here, when we catch our feet, find our breath and acknowledge our Creator, that we find our true purpose. While not always with ease, we find the stable foundation we’ve been searching the world for. We know our Source, and we have found our security.

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