One of the reasons I enjoy photography is the ability to explore and share different perspectives.
This Spring, I was hiking with a friend, and we stopped by a footbridge that was under construction over a creek. We chatted briefly with the gentleman who was building the footbridge. While there, I spotted a tree with these tiny little flowers, and snapped a few photographs. My friend thought I was taking pictures of the footbridge, and did not even notice the tree.
They were small flowers.
Even if no mortal ever saw these flowers or those particular blooms, they did exist. The truth exists outside of ourselves and our perceptions.
God sees every perspective in the world; he sees everything. “But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” (2 Peter 3:8, ESV). Imagine if you had a thousand years to explore every day. Vernal blooms, warm Summer rains, Autumn leaves, every snowflake, and every sunset would last a long time. Babies grow up quickly, but if we could savor a thousand years of family relationships every day, maybe, just maybe we could fully appreciate one another.
Then again, we live in an imperfect world corrupted by sin. All that is, is passing away. The grass of the field, the birds of the air, and even family in our homes are here today, and then one day they are gone. That is the truth, this world is passing away. The defining truth of this world is death.
But there is truth that is eternal, his name is Jesus, and he is not passing away. He conquered sin and death. In him, in heaven, a thousand years will be like a day, and a day will be like a thousand years. And there will be no sad days because the defining truth of Christ is not death, but life.
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6, ESV). He is the truth, forever.