“There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tower high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King
There are some things ‘Mordor’ can’t touch—all darkness is fleeting. From everlasting to everlasting the star will shine in all its beauty. And us with Him.
His love endures forever.
Now that’s hope.
What will we do with eternity? More than we know, I’m sure. But perhaps the Apostle John gave us a clue. He ended his gospel with these words: “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” My pastor put it like this:
“Throughout all Eternity the story can be told. God through the ages to come shall be revealing to us the exceeding richness of His love and His mercies towards us in Christ Jesus. It’s going to take all of eternity for you to know it all. So enough is given to get you there and then once you’re there, you’ll have plenty of time to learn the rest—throughout eternity God revealing the exceeding richness of His love and kindness towards us in Christ Jesus.” —Chuck Smith
What a time it will be.