eternity in our hearts

December 31, 2009 at 11:57 pm 2 comments

“Notice how we are always perpetually surprised at Time. (‘How time flies!  Fancy John being grown up & married!  I can hardly believe it!’)  In heaven’s name, why?  Unless, indeed, there is something in us that is not temporal.”  – C.S. Lewis in a letter to Sheldon Vanauken; qtd. in A Severe Mercy (93)

I read these lines tonight, and realized how true they are.  I have a strange relationship with time; it both flies and drags.  But it seems that it goes a little bit faster each year.  And maybe we’re always surprised by it, and a little unnerved, because there is a part of us that is not temporal, that is, as God is, outside time and eternal.  For indeed, He has put eternity in our hearts…

Looking back over the year, as one is wont to do before January 1, all I see is that 2009 was a year of many mercies. 

And lots of changes and “firsts”.   Let’s see – I graduated, turned eighteen, got my driver’s license, started college (and thus sort of “moved away” for the first time), shared a room with someone besides my sister or my best friend, met many wonderful new people, got thrown in the air at a football game, and got stranded in a snowstorm.

However I could characterize 2009, it could never be called “dull”.  In fact, it’s been awesome.  There were many difficult moments, of course, especially surrounding graduating and going to college and leaving my friends and family behind – but God saw me through all of them.  And there have been so many highlights. 

Funny how I was so scared of some things – I wrote in the beginning of 09, when I was picking my little words, that I chose “embrace” because “there will be many big changes ahead – and I want to embrace them, not run in the opposite direction.”  I don’t know how well I accomplished that goal, but none of them were catastrophic, as they seemed looming in the distance.  Funny how much we worry and fret about the future, and forget both that God’s grace will carry us through, and he does not give grace for imaginations, even if they are probable predictions. 

So now we stand on the cusp of a new year and a new decade.  I don’t know how things will change in this year, but I look forward to it.  And of one thing  I am assured: grace and mercy will abound. 

Tomorrow, I’ll unveil my little word for 2010, and those things we loosely call “resolutions”. 

Happy New Year! 

(and yes: things look a little different around here!  What do you know, I actually got around to making a new blog header.  Apparently I can’t customize the CSS and background of the blog further without paying for an upgrade, but as of now I’m quite happy with the header.  No longer “Megan’s musings on politics, economics, and life”; it’s now “One girl’s journey through life, faith, and college”.  And I think a new blog design is a fun way to kick of a new year of blogging.)

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Joanna  |  January 1, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Very, very pretty, m’dear! Love it! I noticed the new design immediately. Mine comin’ tomorrow! Stay tuned…

    Yes, God has been so good!

  • 2. Yikes « Overlapped’s Weblog  |  May 2, 2010 at 12:46 am

    […] always-transient lifestyle.  I’m also being reminded of this quote from C.S. Lewis, that I wrote about earlier: “Notice how we are always perpetually surprised at Time. (‘How time flies!  Fancy John being […]


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