Our Times are in His Hands!

2 Peter 3:8

But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Someone once asked St. Augustine what “time” was.  He said, “If you don’t ask me, I know.  If you ask me, I don’t know.”  Time, like light, matter, being, and other ultra-basic things of life is something we deal with daily, not because we understand them in the slightest, but because they are just always there.  We start to assume that, because they are always there, there is something indestructible or impassable about them, as though nothing is really bigger or more real than them.  Today’s verse reminds us that time, like everything else, is a creature and that God is not limited by it in any way.  He has all eternity to listen to a change of heart in the prayer of a man who leapt from a bridge in suicide and then repented before he hit the ground.  He can squeeze the whole age of the earth into one of his thimbles and still have room left over for a thimbleful of other universes.  So take some time (whatever that is) and spend it with God today in prayer.  It’s preparation for the day you will step out of time into a glad eternity.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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