While reading Jim Faulconer?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s blog over at the Times and Seasons on growing older, I had a thought that I would like to share.
Nephi?¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s brother Jacob said: ?¢‚Ç¨?ìand also our lives passed away like as it were unto us a dream?¢‚Ç¨¬ù (Jacob 7:26).
From an eternal perspective, the length of time we spend here is like a dream, and yet of great consequence.
In Facsimile #2 we are told that 1000 years of our time are equal to 1 cubit (about 18?¢‚Ç¨¬ù) to God. As Allan Fletcher mentions in his book, ?¢‚Ç¨?ì A Study Guide to the Facsimiles of the Book of Abraham, p77, ?¢‚Ç¨?ìCould that mean that when we lived with the Lord in heaven, we lived in an environment so advanced that in the time it took for us to move the distance of one cubit (about the space it takes to turn halfway around) a thousand years according mortal time would have passed.?¢‚Ç¨¬ù
So, if a half turn would equal 1000 years, then what distance would we have to move to go 60 or 70 years.
When we return home it will seem as though we never left, yet as we pass from day to day here, it seems that we are going to live here forever.
This raises some interesting questions about what we are called upon to endure here and the challenges and other experiences we face. How long do they really last? If we had an eternal perspective, or were able to visualize it, would we look at our trials and tribulations, our joys and happiness, differently? Would the irritations of life bother us as much? Would the bothersome characteristics of others bother us as much? Would we be patient and long-suffering? Would we strive harder to find the good ?¢‚Ç¨¬¶?