Grains Of Sand, Hour Glasses And The Illusion Of Time Verses Eternity

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Once again, I find myself pondering the promises of God in my life. Only this time, I began to think of them in relation to time itself. Ras and Bev Robinson sent out a prophetic word this week which began to stir up the gift of revelation and understanding in my own heart with reference to time and the thoughts of God…in reference to resting and waiting without feeling doing(can’t have feeling doing together with something?) less is failure. To do is not harmful; but, to do without first “being” is harmful. Read the word they shared and let it encourage you as it encouraged me.

You are feeling the promises of the Word have drained out of you. The energy has slipped away from what you are about. This is the time to rest. Don’t try to make something happen or you will end up in the flesh. An Ishmael will be produced that you will face, deal with and even fight, for a very long time. Go about your business as usual. Bring your mind to rest. Rest your body as much as possible. This too shall pass. Remain patient and allow My Spirit to work with all parties. Be at peace, and what I have said will happen. I love you and everyone involved.

Then come with me and be blessed by the Lord’s response to the stirrings of my heart in relation to the shifting sands of time…in relation to the certainty of eternal promises born of ages past.

After reading the Word they shared, I began seeing a picture of myself standing on a beach called Provision for Destiny. Excitedly, I began scooping up a portion of the sand for myself. Once I had scooped up my handful it began immediately to sift through my fingers. This was disconcerting to me. I felt like I was losing my portion.

As a result, I began to concentrate on what was falling through, not on what was remaining. As I did this, I saw an hour glass full of sand began to mark the release of time. Time began to flow from the top to the bottom in a steady stream. Time was running out. Not only did the sands of time sift through my hands, they were flowing through the hour glass to form a mound in the bottom of the hour glass labeled “time is up.” I felt hopeless even though I was standing on an enormous beach full of sand. Should I go further down and pick up some more from somewhere else? Should I let go of what I had? After all, according to the hour glass, my time was up. Should I wait and see? With all these questions bouncing around my head I simply forgot to see if anything was left in my hand. Here is His word of response.

Word of the Day

Beloved, don’t you know by now that I am not limited to time and space. I live outside of time. I am the Alpha and the Omega…the Beginning and the End. The past, present and future have all already happened as far as I am concerned. I have always been before the worlds began and I continue to be. I exist outside the realms and confinements of time; yet, I dwell in your heart. How marvelous is that…to know the Timeless One lives in you imparting all the wisdom and revelation you will ever need. This changes everything in relation to time and its power over you. Time does pass and those living do pass on: but, that is only the beginning regardless where you spend eternity. All things pass away. The rulers of this age shall pass away, but to where? Not the same place as you. In your case, time goes on, but moves from a limited, finite state to an eternal immeasurable state.

Therefore, I don’t want you to think about time in such a way that it remains confined to what you hold in your hand or what your own personal hour glass contains. I don’t want you to concentrate on what you have missed or what has sifted through your hands. When you do this, you miss what is left…the golden nuggets of truth which cannot be destroyed. When you do this, you miss the new thing…the new grains I am pouring in to your hands…into your life.

Beloved, do not spend time running here and there all the while trying to grab some other portion…some other hand full. Do not be discouraged by how time seems confined to the hour glass of your life. If you see your time and what you do within such a limited finite scope or in such a restricted fashion you will have a tendency to give up or be despondent.

What you do with and in the time given you is eternal and goes on forever. You could say the true nature of who you are and what you do is cloaked in the illusion of natural time. This illusion can tell you there will be no consequences for speaking words of death. This illusion can tell you there will be no long range eternal effects released when you speak as I tell you to in agreement with My Word. Whatever the enemy can tell you in relation to the value of your time and words in order to render you ineffective he will. This is why it is so important to understand that there is only one truth for any and every situation, the truth of My Word. Outside of My Word, all else is an illusion as well. There is revelation of the Word but all revelation must be true to the Word as well.

I affected time by listening to My father and doing only as I heard Him say or saw Him do. I took what He gave Me and released it into finite time. As a result, people were healed, delivered and set free from lives of bondage to sin and the devil. People were freed and they became eternal bearers of My light in a dark world. What happened to them affected generations to come. In others words, what you do with what you hear from Me has the power to affect natural time and infuse it with eternal purpose which in turn continues to grow like a mustard seed until all the birds of the air have a place to rest.

What is time? Time is a period with limits when viewed outside of the supernatural. In the natural, it can be seen like sand sifting through one’s hands or an hour glass as it ebbs away.

What is time? It is to do something in the correct or same rhythm as someone else. It is doing something at a speed or pace which feels natural. The only natural I want you to feel in relation to doing things within the space of time is the supernatural. I want it to become natural to be supernatural.

In the true eternal perspective, time is a place where I deposit revelation and understanding of things once hidden but now revealed into the hearts of man…a place where time is changed from natural to supernatural. I redeem time. Today I am releasing to you some eternal perspectives and answers for your life that have already happened in My heart. I give them to you. I pour them into your hands. I fill the hour glass of your life with things long hidden. I am opening up a portal of understanding and vision that you might continue to march in the rhythm of My heart for your life and the lives of those you love.

Beloved, all I need is for you to listen and agree. When you do this, the natural time you are experiencing will be saturated with eternal perspective having the power to transform and change. Are you ready to forsake the temporal and set your eyes on heavenly things to get the truth (2 Corinthians 4:18; Colossians 3:2-3). Open your hands wide…give Me all the limitations of your hour glass and see what I will do. Open up and be filled with eternal perspective…

So that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men (human philosophy), but in the power of God.

Yet when we are among the full-grown (spiritually mature Christians who are ripe in understanding), we do impart a [higher] wisdom (the knowledge of the divine plan previously hidden); but it is indeed not a wisdom of this present age or of this world nor of the leaders and rulers of this age, who are being brought to nothing and are doomed to pass away.

But rather what we are setting forth is a wisdom of God once hidden [from the human understanding] and now revealed to us by God–[that wisdom] which God devised and decreed before the ages for our glorification [to lift us into the glory of His presence] (1 Corinthians 2:5-7 Amplified)


Lord, You are an infinite God without end or beginning. Not only are you aware of all I have ever been or experienced, you are aware of all there is to come. In fact, You have already been there and know me…know all I have experienced from moment to moment. You have experienced my life in an intimate way even to the numbering of the hairs on my head. Every detail of my life is important and valuable to You. Though I am constrained in my thinking as it relates to time, You are not. The greatest hindrance to not living a life outside the constraints of time is to see it limited and unyielding…to see time as having no potential outside of the moment. To do so eliminates all consequences and blessings resulting out of time based actions on my part. Time is eternal and I must see it as such. What I do in time affects the times to come; therefore, it has eternal consequences both good and bad.

Teach me to see beyond the moment into a realm where there is no time so I can put more value on what I do at any given time. Teach me to see everything I do with eternal eyes. As I do this, what I participate in or don’t participate in will change in order to bring about the most effective change.

Lord, when it comes to You, time has no power to stop or hold back anything You desire to see and have done. When Joshua fought in battle, time stood still and the sun did not set until victory was accomplished. Therefore, I say the sands of time running through the hour glass of my life are all subject to You. I will not limit myself by what I see or by disobedience in any way. I will not run to and fro comparing myself or trying to accumulate the sand of another for my own purposes. The hour glass of my life is not confined to time but is eternal, for when I leave this physical life I simply continue on in You. I step over the boundaries of time which cloak the true nature of who I am, an eternal son of the Most High God.

Instead of being one who is halted or holds back, I am one who hears the Father’s voice and acts accordingly even as Christ did when on the earth. As a result, I am free and others are free as well. In doing this, I have set my eyes beyond the natural to the supernatural where all things are possible…where nothing is limited by time. I am one who is saturated with eternal perspective and the power to be transformed. I am one saturated with the power of God to bring about transformation. I am eternal and not temporal; therefore, I think in eternal ways when it comes to my everyday life and actions. I am not cloaked in time. I am cloaked in supernatural, eternal glory as a living, manifest representation of Christ on the earth. Amen.

Reflect and Journal

  1. What does it mean to you personally when God says He is not limited by time and space? How does or can this relate to your everyday struggles?
  2. How have you seen time confined to what you can hold in your hand…to the minutes of the clock ticking away?
  3. Contemplate the time you spend having an eternal continuation for it is not confined to the moment you experience it.
  4. Do you have a tendency to see the sand that has already poured through your hands and feel discouraged or do you look at what is left…the golden nuggets of character growth and maturity…the giftings and sacrifice…the beauty left from the refining fires of life or fill in the blank______________? If you have a tendency to look at the negative and miss the eternal beauty, ask God to help you …to give you a whole new perspective. Write down one incident where the Lord brought good out of the evil intentions of the enemy and produce an eternal blessing.
  5. Ponder this thought: The true nature of who you are and what you do is cloaked in the illusion of natural time.
  6. Time is doing something  according to the same rhythm of another to accomplish a specific purpose. Who are you in rhythm with? Where have you been and not been in rhythm with God in areas of your life and the call He has given you?
  7. How can you better embrace the eternal perspective of time in relation to being in rhythm with the heart of Father?
  8. What temporal mindsets do you need to let go of to embrace the eternal?
  9. When you do make a mistake in natural time, how does grace speak to such a thing to bring about a redemptive work?

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About the Author


Brenda Craig is a published author, prophetic teacher and Seer whose desire is to know the Lord in all His fullness. Her writings and teachings reflect a deep intimacy with the Lord. As a worshiper, Brenda has received revelation on how to take the simple act of “Soaking in His Presence” to a new level and developed a teaching called Soaking with a Purpose.

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