By Christopher Simon

Time Is a Spring

“Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.  ~ Ecclesiastes 3:15

 Every day is a new day! Each day is literally a new creation, the unfolding of something divine. The sun rises and sets with only slight variations every day, just as the seasons return at their appointed time each year.

Time literally pulses or oscillates, like a perpetual spring. Even the longer periods of time appear to have this characteristic oscillation. The universe is expanding, and will eventually reach the point of maximum expansion and start contracting, only to contract back to the point of a giant cosmic implosion, which will set the universe expanding again.

But, time is also like a spring from which life-giving water flows. That is, time is a never-ending source of being. It continually flows and all beings arise within the fabric of time.

Only the ultimate Being, God, is outside of time. As finite, temporal beings we cannot wrap our minds around the nature of time, and we might feel a bit like Einstein when he remarked that “the only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.”

Presumably for God all things are experienced simultaneously, but we can only imagine what that might be like. Time is truly a spring, a never-ending source of wonder.