Don’t overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. 2 Peter 3:8 (TM)
The longer I live, the more I’m convinced that our faith and our world-view are diminished – and we ultimately suffer – because we don’t have a healthy eternal perspective. God’s sense of time and timing are at the opposite end of the spectrum from ours. When you exist eternally, unrestrained by time – your view of things is going to be a little different than that of your typical middle-class white guy in Iowa in 2006. We are bound by time – enslaved by it – and it colors our thinking. We tend not to see our circumstances outside the perspective of our immediate, momentary need and the emotions that they illicit. God sees our need in the context of everything that’s gone before, everything that will come after in our eternal destiny. He sees our needs and circumstances in terms of who we are today, who we were six years ago, who we’ll be two years from now and, ultimately, who we are and will be eternally with Christ.
We don’t need a remedy for our pain, we need a perspective for it.