Race for Eternity
All are on this open road of unknown adventure with each of us pointed towards the invisible horizon called destiny. Ultimately that day beckons us, the hour draws nearer with each passing moment, drawing us closer like gravity…we cannot control what is about to happen…time and humanity eventually will meet for the final chapter on yet another soul which will graduate from earth to sky. While running this race we may not agree on politics, religion, science or ideologies but one thing that is a resounding yes across the ages, greater than any material prize, causing the seas of humanity to rise to their feet and applaud the great race is this bond between the heart of man, the eternal sunset and the everlasting dawn…it is what we hope we will find when looking back upon the memory of our lives as written with living ink as we cross the finish line to a resounding roar…it is this pearl called legacy, a planet in an endless galaxy called eternity.
“He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.”
When I am old I want to look back on the architecture of my life, the pillars of my journey and through the windows of my understanding and find that I embraced the light with my whole heart and did not waste a single dawn or allow sunset to commence until I had come to an understanding with the Author of Life, until I had stood before the council of destiny and been declared worthy to pass through the curtain of time and into the eternal temple and join those who have gone before me and be with my God and meet my Maker.
Grant Me This Honor
I have spoken to you about this great race for eternity, about my desire to finish strong in life, touched on legacy and now I want to share with you an example from history that struck me, something that will illustrate what I am talking about. Lately I have been hooked on the new TV series on History Channel called Vikings and have been fascinated by the history behind these fearsome warriors who I knew very little about before watching the show. I decided to do some further research after watching the TV series and it confirmed much of what I saw in the show. Here is some of what we know about the Vikings:
Over 1200 years ago western culture was first introduced to a ferocious people called the Vikings when they came to the shores of England in 787 A.D and attacked by raiding monasteries and farms throughout Great Britain until they eventually clashed with the Kings of England and their armies in larger scale battles. These were a fearsome people who originated in Scandinavia who’s main art was warfare and they were not afraid of death nor were they focused on earth alone…but their eyes reached beyond the horizons of the earth and into the everlasting sunrise of the heavens. The Vikings believed that beyond the veil of the earth there was a kingdom in the spiritual realms called Valhalla (hall of the slain) where all those who had gone on before dwelt and were waiting for them to join them in feasting and celebration, a place where loved ones were gathered to celebrate lives that had been lived to the fullest extent of honor, courage and devotion to themselves, each other and to their gods. But the key to reaching Valhalla according to the Vikings was to die in glorious fashion without bowing to fear but fighting to the very end by living every moment as if it were your last and living a life that was pleasing to God. So Viking warriors would throw themselves into overwhelming circumstances and battles and would sacrifice all for courage and honor, hoping and praying that they would be granted the privilege of reaching Valhalla to eat and drink and celebrate in the presence of their family, friends who had already died and were waiting for them in heaven.
This is this picture that I was given in my spirit when I asked the Holy Spirit my God in whom I believe in for 2015. In the scriptures we can find a perfect example to back up the direction where the Vikings truly had their hearts in. In the history of Israel one of the greatest stories of legacy being completed and another beginning simultaneously, of a mentor graduating into glory and the successor stepping into the whirlwind was the account of Elijah and Elisha. Similar to the Vikings in order for Elisha to receive the blessing it required a violent and unquenchable appetite for courage and an ability to pursue his inheritance to the point of fearlessness. Time after time in the verses preceding the ones I am about to share with you Elijah said to Elisha stay here I am going elsewhere to this place and that place…but with each answer Elisha refused to fall behind and miss the bigger picture, he had come too far on his own personal journey of heavenly enlightenment…he saw his own star called legacy which was glimmering in the eye of eternity, waiting for him in the heart of El-Roi “The God Who Sees”, daring Elisha to follow in hot pursuit and pursue he did…
2 Kings 2:9-12
“When they had crossed over, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you.” And Elisha said, “Please, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.” He said, “You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.” As they were going along and talking behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven. Elisha saw it and cried out, “My father, my father, the chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” And he saw Elijah no more. Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.”
Both Elisha and Elijah went through a spiritual window which the Vikings of old called a “Rite of Passage” a graduation from one place in life to another, from one social status to the next, from one function to another. Many times when a young boy would grow to maturity to the age in which he swore allegiance to his local ruling lord or king it was called a “Rite of Passage”. Elisha had stepped into another realm of responsibility while Elijah went on into glory and reached his own Valhalla which believers of Yahweh (and my personal belief) is called in accordance with Hebrews 12 “The great cloud of witnesses”. He had reached his home in the clouds where his testimony would remain secure, his legacy established and his eternal resting place in the heart of his Maker the Almighty.
The key for Elisha to receive the double portion that would establish his own legacy was seeing where his master Elijah was going into the heavens. The vital whirlwind access point that would sustain Elisha’s rite of passage was the very act of tearing his old clothes, the archaic way of doing things, perspectives and leaving behind previous responsibilities that would make way for the new.
So in the Year 2015 I believe it is important for us to look to the future, to our graduation papers called legacy and desire to reach our Valhalla, hall of those who have gone on before, the great cloud of witnesses and embrace our Maker and God who is Himself eternity and desires us to live there forever.
Where Do We Start?
“What we do in life echoes in eternity.”