I have been reading CS Lewis this morning and wandering off into philosophical meanderings. When I pick up Mere Christianity, sometimes I wonder how I ever put it down. And why in the world I haven’t read everything he has ever written, because I do so love the way the man’s mind works.
Today I snacked on his thoughts about Time—a favorite subject of mine. I often bring it up in conversation, and far too often I receive blank stares. I found it interesting that he began his chapter this way.
So evidently Lewis, as well, found some people to be completely disinterested in time and how it relates to the Christian walk. That’s encouraging to me! 😊 Time has never been real to me, and it has been a constant area of conflict and adjustment in my life. Ever since a dear friend shared with me the thought that I was not made for time, I have clung to that. What a beautiful thought—that time is not real to GOD, either. (Inside, that makes me do a fist pump hurrah! and spring high into the air.)
Perhaps my own detachment from time and the struggle to understand how addicted most humans are to it has increased my understanding of God in some tiny way? I don’t know. But I do know that CS Lewis’s thoughts make me content.
God has no history. He is too completely and utterly real to have one.
For, of course, to have a history means losing part of your reality
(because it has already slipped away into the past)
and not yet having another part (because it is still in the future):
in fact having nothing but the tiny little present,
which has gone before you can speak about it.
God forbid we should think God was like that.
I think this hit me so squarely because I have thought a lot about worry, and how the past and future are not real or true, how nothing but the present is true. And since we are only to think on things that are True (Philippians 4:8) worry is off-limits. But It hadn’t occurred to me that God, being more Real than we are, cannot have a past or future. I love that.
There are so many ways that we limit God, and time is just one of them. Our finite minds think time is necessary, but God stands above our timeline, written out on the page, and He sees it all happening NOW, in His present.
That is why God is infinitely patient—He is right now seeing the whole story from beginning to end while we only see this microcosm of “Now” that we call our own.
That is why God is so gentle with our failings, because He already knows what will happen After. Because After is Now in his eyes!
That is why God, in the very beginning when He created man, was able to see that it was very good. Yes, He could see all the ways that men would fail and disappoint Him, He knew how far man would fall, but at the same time, He was able to see the redemption, the glorious gathering of mankind back to Himself. And it is very good.
The fact that God stands outside of (and all around and through) time is also one of the best reasons to pray. We often feel urgency to pray NOW, and that is good, because we should. But there have been times when I have been praying for a situation, then later discover that it had been resolved. Were my prayers wasted? Not in the slightest! God hears all prayers in the present, as the event occurs, because it is all Now to Him!
I love that my God is so much bigger than I can comprehend, so much more than time or space or any other dimension can contain.
And the fact that CS Lewis’s thoughts on the Trinity dovetail so beautifully with this is just icing on the cake. But I will save that for another day.
**And if you, like me, enjoy thinking about time and reality… I have made links in the article above to several other meanderings. I’m not sure how the Word Press algorithms choose the Related items that they link to below, but here are the posts I have linked to in the above article. Click and enjoy! And comment. 🙂
The Spirit of Life, Outside of Time
Jesus is my Now
Rise Up and Walk!
Time and Lazarus