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Topic: Eternity (03/10/11)
TITLE: A Time to Face Eternity
By Lu-Yee Millar
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On a nearby hill a little creature huddled against the great Elm.
“Huuuuh…..” came a sigh from his depths. But the silence he anticipated was not to be.
“That bad huh?” said the unexpected company.
The creature sprang to his feet.
“Identify yourself at once!” he commanded, hoping to establish some authority. The light laughter in return did not amuse him one iota.
“And besides…it’s not polite to interrupt one’s solitude!” He added, as he traced the echo of the laughter upwards…right to the top of the tree.
There – perched effortlessly, was a stunning, beautiful creature with long shimmering silver hair as if it had been bathed in glitter. She wore a silky robe with its train looping gracefully over several branches. It formed a sheltering canopy for a few sleepy, fury animals.
“Shhh….” She said waving her finger, “don’t wake my friends up. Why are you upset? And the name’s Eternity!”
“You’re...The Eternity? Oh gosh! Forgive me, my Lord,” the creature gasped as he cowered to his knees. “Your servant’s name is Time.”
Eternity smiled warmly. Like a skilled trapeze artist she glided down from above, swooping her fury friends in her palms in the process.
“Ah! None of this. We are cousins, are we not?” She nudged him to get up. “The Perfect One made us both – Time and Eternity. Far be it that I should rob Him of glory – it belongs to Him alone!”
A faded recollection of The Perfect One caused Time to stand still momentarily. Still, even the weakest memory of Him almost drew out a smile. Almost. If he had not glanced into Eternity’s mirror-like eyes, and saw his own reflection. Worn. Pathetic. Ugly.
“Well then Eternity, you must have had an easy life since Adam’s Seed came onto the scene!” He mocked. “Some of us are not so lucky! Some of us have to deal with those ungrateful human beings whilst others…others just perch up high and enjoy life….”
“Now now,” Eternity probed, “just what is the matter?”
“What IS the matter? What ISN’T the matter with Adam’s Seed!” Time snapped. “I’m through with them all. Day after day I am used and squandered like rubbish. Day after day, I’m being told that there’s too much of me whilst others complain that there’s never enough of me. Some even curse me for being there at all and seek ways to end my stay prematurely…”
He paused. “Ah what’s the point? You wouldn’t understand!” His rambling trailed off like a deflating balloon.
“Oh but I do.” Eternity said plainly.
Time’s brows tilted inquisitively.
“At least they acknowledge you," continued Eternity. "How many of Adam’s Seed remember me or live their lives as if I count in the end? I assure you, my dear cousin, I have been most blatantly ignored, shoved to the side, and…even discounted as simply a myth! It makes them feel better this way - my name reminds them of their mortality, and it cuts to their core.”
“Then,” still not fathoming, “does it not pain you?”
Kneeling down, Eternity gave her fury friends a slight prod to go on their way. She stood up again, and turned Time towards the direction of a certain cave….
“Hear that woman in agony of child birth?” she asked. And when Time didn’t reply, she continued.
“Therein lies my hope. Soon a child will be born who will be the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.“
Eyes lit up, Time turned to face Eternity, “and we…we’re part of his plan?”
Eternity nodded. “And He shall restore all things to Himself, Time and Eternity included. We shall come alive again with Him! AND dance with Him…just as we did at the very beginning.”
Waves of contractions intensified, the woman gathered every ounce of energy in her for the final push...and before long an infant’s cry echoed through the hills. The New Creation entered the world, bringing with Him renewed hope for all – for Adam’s Seed and for Creation who have waited in groaning hitherto.
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