Thursday, October 27, 2016

in and out of it

Lewis tells us about God answering prayer outside of time today in A Year with C.S. Lewis.

He points out that God doesn't have to answer our prayers "all at the same time" because He doesn't inhabit time like we do. Not, by the way, that God couldn't do that. God is far more powerful than the doubter who told Lewis he didn't think God could do that thinks He is. But, as Lewis explains, He doesn't have to.

I was thinking about this idea of time today. And one part of me wonders if time is entirely in our heads... just the way we perceive eternity: one moment after another. Just something our brains construct.

But then you run into the problem of how things change. I was on Padre Island today, and there are buildings there that weren't there 100 years ago. If time is all in my mind, then how to things build and change and grow? So time must be a reality, or none of that would be possible.

So time is real, not just the way we perceive things. And God is outside of that time. He is also, by the way, inside of time. He is here with us in the present moment. He lived 33 years in the timeline with us as a human. He is both in and out of time. Which is pretty cool, when you think about it. The author of the story has entered the story He made. He comes and visits His "characters" and shows us what He's like.

It kind of blows your mind.

Thanks, God, for transcending our ability to understand You... but being there for us to love.

1 comment:

julie reedy said...

So very true and awesome