“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Blip on the Screen

by Macy Johnson

“Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, ‘I find no pleasure in them.’”

(Ecclesiastes 12:1 NIV)


My husband, an Air Force “brat”, is enamored with military programs on television. One of his favorite channels is the American Heroes Channel (AHC). I only glance at our TV screen filled with fighter jets or soldiers climbing an impossible hill in battle, because I was not raised in a military home. But I think I know what a radar screen is.


Life on earth is a blip on the screen of eternity. Merriam-Webster defines blip this way: “a trace on a display screen; a spot on a radar screen; a short, crisp sound; something relatively small or inconsequential within a larger context.”


Dreams are sub-blips, wonderful opportunities to remind us of life’s brevity. The abruptness of waking from a dream into reality jolts my mind to accept life’s brief breath. I had a nightmare about taking an Economics exam. I didn’t know how to take the test and accepted failure. I almost gave up, then woke up, relieved.


I thank my heavenly Father for all the temporary fragments of this life, the blips in His eternal screen. Imperfections try to depress my mood, like the almost imperceptible dent on my new water bottle. They remind me I am imperfect, too. God’s broken pieces don’t fall apart, they fall into place! He even expedites workarounds when necessary. Wi-fi internet unavailable? I use the Hot Spot on my phone.


Will we remember the blips of our lives on earth when we are in heaven? I like to think all brokenness will be forgotten in the glorious, completeness of Christ!


I thank God for this temporary life and look forward to eternity. I hope you will, too! 

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