But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 2 Peter 3:8
The word year in the Bible typically describes a period of time which, for us, seems to pass quickly. We’re often amazed at how fast our birthdays approach, and we shake our heads at how quickly our children grow up. The older we grow, the more we realize the brevity of life.
It’s helpful to remember that our God does not experience time as we do. His eternal nature is never flustered by how slowly or how quickly time is passing. To Him, a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like a day.
For us, His children, that means the brevity of our earthly life is countered by the endless nature of our eternal life. If you’re missing a loved one in heaven, don’t brood over your memories of past happiness. Look forward to future fellowship! If you’re feeling poorly, don’t give up; look up. Nothing will help you be fresher or newer than focusing your attention on the Almighty God who resides in the eternal realms. Let this new year bring a new you.
Life is hard—but God is good, and Heaven is real. Billy Graham