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S. A. J. Lyttek, a multiple award-winning writer, always loved writing, but didn’t arrive at the profession in the typical manner. After college and graduate school, she plunged into government consulting. In this environment, she discovered a knack for writing tests, interviews and other measurements. That soon became the focus of her career—reigniting her love for the written word. Thus captivated, she spent evenings freelancing “fun” writing including short stories, poems, articles and cards. When her eldest was a toddler, she quit full-time work to stay home and write. Eager to spend more time with her children, homeschooling intrigued her. From preschool through high school, she homeschooled both sons while continuing to freelance. While an integral part of the homeschooling community, she developed and taught writing classes to a generation of homeschoolers. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Gary, Mrs. Lyttek loves to share her commitment to learners of all ages and her fascination with the written word.



Temporal

9/21/2022 1:45:00 PM BY Susan Lyttek

I’ve noticed lately that a lot of songs on my playlist have to do with time. There are songs begging for it to stand still, complaining about it slipping away, comparing it to a river, and bemoaning how fast the seasons are changing.

I’m okay with these references to time because they describe a condition common to us all. We exist in the now, remember the past and look forward to the future. The time songs I can’t stand (ask anyone who has endured my change-the-radio-station-obsession) are the ones that dwell on and long for a time in the past to return. Since that’s impossible and futile, those lyrics irritate me. I also know that memory tends to have rose-colored glasses so my guess is that those times weren’t as idyllic as the people who long for them claim.

The fact that the human condition is dependent on time and our perception of time is another proof that we are not God.

In fact, on the fourth day of creation God gave us tools in the sky for us to keep track of time. “Then God said, ‘Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth’; and it was so.” These heavenly lights are so accurate that astronomers can “rewind” to show what the night sky looked like on a particular day in history.

In other words, God invented time for us. He is completely and utterly outside of its domain. Time has no impact on who God is, what he plans or how he interacts with mankind.

Quite often, when people talk to me about a part of the Bible that they can’t wrap their mind around it seems to me that it’s because they’re thinking of the concept from within time. God is beyond time and not affected by it in any manner.

Imagine this. I take a bucket of water and pour it into a slight depression creating a puddle. The water doesn’t touch me in any way whatsoever. Gradually, some bugs find the puddle and start swimming across its surface. Things they can eat float up from the ground below. They take advantage of its conditions and treat it as their new home.

Now, if I put my finger in the puddle, it can mess up the new little world that I have “created”. And if I pull my finger back out, the critters may feel the ripples from it for a while. But I am not part of the puddle or its world.

Granted, my scenario is simplistic. But it helps me accept God’s outside-of-time-ness. He can get his finger wet at any point and adjust the affairs of the world. But he also sees all of what is going on, has been going on and what went on. Time for Him is not a line. He sees all of it in its entirety. He is at the beginning of time and the end of time without moving through time. The fact that he is not temporal means we can trust his prophecies because He has already seen them come to fruition. For the Creator outside of time, eternity is already here and his kingdom established.

But He also knows that we are temporal and within the time stream. Here, in the moment, we can learn and grow until we are ready to step into eternity.

In His Word, he gives ample instructions about how to “seize the time”, “redeem the time”, and accept the seasons. In fact, a quick concordance search for the New King James Version revealed 710 references to time, 759 to year, 240 to month and over 2000 to day.

We can and should use the time God has given us to the best of our ability. That doesn’t mean becoming exhausted workaholics like many in the U.S. tend to do. God also gave us the need for rest and established it as holy. But it does mean to look at the moment in front of us and think about how its use could honor our Creator.

Lord, may these words and meditations honor you and serve your kingdom… Today!