"Eternity is in our hearts....calling us home unto itself." Thomas Kelly, 1939
Eternity is in the bulb of these emerging daffodils. I took this photo last week after a few uncharacteristically warm January days.
The bulbs are buried in the earth waiting patiently for the right time to fulfill their destiny.
This is what they'll look like next month, if not sooner, the way the weather's been lately.
Once their blooms have faded I will have to cut off the seed heads and leave the foliage to die before cutting it back down to the ground. This is how the bulbs underground store up energy for next year's growth--Life.
Life is what eternity is all about. The word eternity comes from the Latin word aeternus meaning 'without beginning or end'. The definition of life refers to a host of things, but the one I'm using is 'living things and their activity'.
Like the bulb our souls are eternal. We exist even before we arrive here in human form and will continue to exist once we are finished with our bodies. It is in our soul that God's spirit resides....where we receive Life....the place from which we emerge to take our place in the scheme of things humans call life--the time between conception and the death of our body. But if we would just understand that Life (capital L) is much more than what we see above the ground I think our entire perspective could change. Many religions speak about the "after-life", but few seem to speak to the "before-life". Otherwise, they'd understand we are spiritual beings who are being human for just a time.
Father, I am made in Your image and You breathed Your Life into me. May my life express the Life You have planned for me as I answer the call of Home You have placed in my heart.
Link to scripture:http://bible.cc/genesis/2-7.htm