Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
One of my favorite movies as a kid was, "The Neverending Story." It featured a young boy reading a forbidden book that gave the account of a boy named Atreyu who embarked on a real adventure to save a princess. Throughout the story, Atreyu discovered his strength, his purpose and faced his fears. In the end, Atreyu finds the princess, saves her life, finds his life and learns the story will continue and never end. In the final scene, Atreyu is seen galloping across a wild plain on his beloved horse in victory. I loved this story as a kid, mostly because the Luck Dragon was a great, big fluffy dog and I love the story now because I see glimpses of God's story for our lives.
God has always existed. God's timeline doesn't only extend forever towards the future but it extends forever into the past. The Bible refers to God as "everlasting to everlasting". What God has impressed upon my heart is that we, humans, are also eternal beings. Our timeline will also extend forever into the future. We may not have existed in previous lives as some believe but we are so precious that God had plans for us long before our birth.
Did you know that when a female fetus reaches 20 weeks gestation all of the eggs she will carry for life are already within her body? This is fascinating to me! Our mothers were carrying the very egg cells that were the beginning of our own creation while they were being carried within their mother's womb! Psalm 139:13 is a favorite verse for birth announcements and birthday cards; it says, "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb." But if we look at the science of human development, God began knitting us in our grandmother's womb. So while we are not like God in that we are from everlasting to everlasting, we were certainly planned for long before we gulped our first lung-full of air and we will exist forever after that.
This is not a blog entry about salvation, although what we believe about God and His plan for salvation and the person of Jesus Christ will determine how we spend eternity. Jesus is also very clear to tell us we will either be with the Father one day or across a great chasm, separated forever. (Luke 16:19-31) But, this is a blog post about living now. We often like to say, "It's not over yet" or "It's not over til the fat lady sings" or "It ain't over til it's over". According to God's word, it's never over. Our souls are eternal and while we walk around on Earth in our birthday suits we have the opportunity to find the Lord and live out His purpose for our lives no matter what our current circumstances look like. We can be very fatalistic about our lives, even when we know Jesus. We can be very quick to judge a circumstance as final. "I'll never have peace", "I'll never get out of debt", "My kids will never know the Lord", "Insert your current frustration, here". What if we looked at a circumstance is a mere event that is part of God's eternal plan? What if we stopped judging situations as final? Nothing is final for God. Even when He comes back and takes His church to Heaven, life will continue, it will just be different.
I can remember times in my life when I thought something was over. Sometimes I was right because a relationship or way of live for me was really over, but I continued to live...I just lived differently. I didn't go to the same job or I didn't see the same friends or maybe I didn't see a loved one ever again...but life kept going. If we can see life through the lens of God's Word, we have hope. He isn't finished with us yet.
God has given us a hunger for the forever. God has given us a hunger to know His will and purpose for our lives. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, "He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end." The yearning you have to know what is next, the desire to move forward and keep going even when things look bleak has been set inside of you. I dare say, that tiny, microscopic egg from which we began is a tiny grain of eternity.
Today, I challenge you to seek the Father who is everlasting to everlasting and ask Him what He has in mind for your eternity. What would He accomplish through you? Perhaps it's just asking Him to increase your hunger for the forever because you are stuck in the here and now. If you don't know Him well or think He's finished with you, tell Him to show Himself. Come out, come out wherever You are! I believe the Everlasting Father can't wait to make Himself known to you and show you His never ending story.