The Budster and I walked through a miracle together this morning. It was yet another one of my favorite mornings with a thick haze blanketing all of creation. I used to love to drive in the fog. Not too thick that you can’t see your hand in front of your face but thick enough that the distance blends into an eternal whiteness. I don’t drive much these days but I still love the fog. It’s peacefully blinding for a time and then it disappears when the sun rises.
With morning business done, the two of us weren’t in any hurry to get back inside so as we walked the perimeter we stopped several times along the way to gaze into the distance while breathing in the clean air. The moisture in the air is good for your sinuses and lungs. My sinuses have been revolting lately and the walk this morning did as much good for me as a trip to the doctor’s office.
The Budster seemed to enjoy our peaceful walk this morning as much as I did. You could see it in his eyes and his smile. He is by nature a cheerful creature but there are distinct differences between being of good cheer and being at peace. Being of good cheer reaches out and touches others whereas being at peace is an inward healing. You can easily describe a cheerful moment but real peace alludes description. Rather than dressing the moment in words, you consume a vision. You become one with something indescribable and for a brief moment, you understand and become a part of eternity itself.
Eternity is more than an incomprehensible concept of time. It is more than God’s clock without hands. Eternity is an all encompassing state of participation. Imagine that each particle of moisture in fog is a person’s lifetime. Each touches another which touches another and so on as far as the eye can see. This is the whole of creation which is yet another finite particle in eternity which touches another which touches another and so on. Like breathing in moisture particles in fog, every breath we take is an intimate participation in eternity. We matter. We make a difference. A part of us is passed to another who passes it to another and so on.
We may not think that what we do makes a difference because we can’t see beyond the fog but soon, when the Son rises, we will see clearly and we will know.
1 Corinthians 13:12 (KJV)
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.