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Eternity's Clock

Time is pressing upon each of us as we listen to the tic and the toc of eternity’s clock. We should be thoughtful about this. I am quite conscious of the tones of tic-toc and of alarm that come to us from the big clock on the wall. It has always been my feeling that the big clock on the wall represents the even bigger clock which is on the wall of eternity, the timepiece that marks the passing of the significant instances in our lives and which always points to the fact that time will, one day, give way to eternity. This is a time of the year in which we should be very thoughtful about this.

In a moment of musing for me—and that kind of moment seems to come rather frequently—I took the time to write a few sentiments about this matter of today and tomorrow. It came in the form of some original poetry for which, of course, there is no extra charge. It is this:

Tomorrow, tomorrow—to have and to hold.
Tomorrow, tomorrow, let none be so bold.

To think that the future will not soon be past
That time, our strong foe, will not conquer at last.

And bear us away, like autumn’s fair blends
With tearful farewells to our things and our friends

And sorrow’s last look at the circle of love
Then fleeting away to the Father above.

Tomorrow, tomorrow, I boast not of thee
Tomorrow is not—only eternity

Actually, there are two times of life on which we are supposed to concentrate and those two times are today and tomorrow. Too many people carry too many heavy stones from the past and consequently, limit today’s capability and tomorrow’s opportunity.

If you have taken the time to look at the promises of the Bible, you will notice that they concern the matter of living in the future. One of the greatest is the promise of Jesus Christ in which He said, “Lo, I am with you always, even to the ends of the world.” By that, He meant that an unknown future ought not to be a scary proposition because He will walk by our side in the midst of every one of the future circumstances of life.

I would like, therefore, to pass on a word of advice which I aspire to take myself and would press upon you, as well. The advice is that we are to live this life without fear, without apprehension.

The world, which has no assurance which comes from the Lord, lives in the midst of serious and legitimate anxiety about tomorrow. People not only do not know what will come to pass, but they feel that the events of time are loaded with dreadful import and will impact adversely, fatally, upon them. Concerning this apprehension, they are often correct.

You and I should have no such attitude. To everyone who is a child of God, the Scripture says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving lest your request be made know unto God.” Then, as a result, God promises the peace that passes all understanding. This is certainly the way to move, the way to live in the mist of those two demanding occasions—today and tomorrow.