So I got thinking today... in some movies you might hear a line badly said that goes something like... Girl: "This is the end." Guy: "No, this is just the beginning." [End of movie.] Okay, so maybe I haven't actually ever seen a movie like that, but I know that I've read it somewhere... People say: "The end... or rather, the beginning." But can the beginning of something have an end before it has begun to begin? I found something comical in the whole idea... What if stories were written backwards? "The End. They got married. He visited her. Bobby met Sally. Bobby was lonely. Sally was lonely. Once upon a time."
What if time was backwards? For instance, what if, instead of growing older, we were growing younger? If a building once built was old, but got younger just because it happened to be there when we were born? It's confusing, isn't it? Wouldn't it be strange if there was no time at all? If people ate when they were hungry, slept when they were tired, and worked when they were not doing the other two? That would be an odd world.
"This thing all things devours:
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats high mountain down."
[Gollum's riddle to Bilbo, from The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien] --if you don't know the answer to this, try and guess! leave your comments. :)
If there was no time, would we all live forever? In heaven there is no time, but in Earth, we are bound by time. We must awake at a certain hour, be off to work at another, eat lunch between such and such a time, make sure dinner is on the table at this hour, you must get so many hours of sleep... and it all starts over. And yet, this time during which we do pretty much the same things over and over again, is so filled with interesting things that we never truly experience something awful called monotony. The poor person who does encounter monotony during his journey through Life (or Time) must have so much taken out of his life in order to make it monotonous. This is what his schedule would look:
[repeat] He eats the same thing for Breakfast, the same thing for Lunch, and the same thing for Dinner. At work he does the same thing. When he sleeps he never dreams. His imagination is dead, and a reality colder than real reality has seemed to grip his mind. What a sad life!
There is no monotony (or there should not be) for a Christian. Every day we are challenged in different and sometimes interesting ways. We are every day seeking new ways to serve our King, and every day we wake and exclaim: "This is the day that the Lord has made - Let us rejoice and be glad in it!" If an Intelligent Designer made the Earth with so much beauty and so many happenings in nature, how can a human, who is so much more beloved than the sparrow [Matthew 10:29-31], experience of a life of monotony while serving Him? It's really impossible. Monotony implies boredom; dullness. If we really find the Christian life so bored and dull, then something is seriously wrong with our relationship with Christ.
In case you were wondering, I didn't have anywhere I was going with this. I was just writing down my train of thought as it came. :-) Comment with any further ideas or comments or anything.