All of life is bound by limits. So much is determined by what we have or don’t have. Is there enough money for a trip – or an unexpected expense? How about time – either we are rushing around, stressed because there is too much to do, or we’re bored. Health brings about limits too – ones I’m keenly aware of as my teen years are a distant memory. Then there are physical limits – we all need to sleep, eat and use the bathroom on a fairly regular basis. Space limits us as well- you can’t walk through walls or travel across the continent in minutes. Even life itself has its limits –which comes into sharp focus when it comes to an untimely end.
It seems our whole lives are a mad dash rush — to what? What are we rushing to? Our minds, being made for eternity are bound by the restraints the box life puts us in. God did give us the structure of days/nights and seasons. But, were we meant to be so dictated by time? To become a servant to time? In some ways — is it possible that time has become our idol?
What would it be like to bound by no limits? You would have no needs because nothing would stand in the way of you accomplishing whatever goal came to mind. You would need no one, because you would have no need. If you lived in Chicago and wanted to see the Golden Gate Bridge, you would be there. You would have no airport delays or traffic to contend with. What if there was no need to shop, bathe, prepare food, and all the other million mundane things you do each day? What if we weren’t bound by time?
What if we just were – unconstrained by physical bodies – having ultimate control? We’d have to be outside the realm of this universe. We’d be God. Isn’t that what you do when we pray and ask God for something? Aren’t you asking God to change a limit we are unable or unwilling to? How often have you asked God to help you not be late when you left late? Or help you lose weight as you stick that last piece of chocolate cake in your mouth? (or am I the only one who does that?)
2 Cor. 3:18 “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.” As we walk this path through life, we are to become more and more like God. Given the constraints we have – what would that look like? Maybe slowing down, living in the moment – for it’s all we really have. Maybe accepting what comes you way, knowing that even though you aren’t limitless – God is. Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.