Living in Light of Eternity
Prior to March 2020, I was living life with joy, having recently married the man of my dreams in the middle of my second year of university. Each day I was seeking to live out God’s calling for my life, using the gifts and abilities that He had blessed me with to serve others and be the best version of who He called me to be. Yes, I was definitely looking forward to Heaven, but I was also happy to live out however much time He had ordained for me to live on earth and I enjoyed living life. This all changed in the middle of March 2020 when the world turned upside down as the first lockdown happened. I remember having just finished a meeting for my pro-life club when I went to the mall to pick up a few things, having heard that Covid was spreading, but not expecting things to change that much, or at least not for a long period of time. As I was shopping, I kept getting email after email from my university about everything being cancelled and moved online. I prayed and hoped that it would be for a short period of time, but that has unfortunately not been the case. For all of us, our lives have been turned upside down or at least dramatically altered in the past 13 months and for me, it has resulted in a rollercoaster of emotions.
One of the main things that I have wrestled through is, what is God trying to teach me through this season? Despite the difficulties, God has helped me to let go of my attachment to this world and live with more focus on living my life in light of eternity. This does not mean that I don’t love my husband, my family or friends, or that I am not focused on working hard and doing what God has called me to do, but it means that I have come to realize much more clearly that life is so fleeting, and the world cannot offer any lasting satisfaction or joy. “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6)“For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”(Philippians 3: 18-20)
In The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis writes about one of the Devil’s tactics, which is to get us so distracted that we do not have enough time to think about God or eternity until it is too late. This point has always stuck with me because our world is so busy and it’s so easy to be either working nonstop to do good or being totally in love with the world and wasting our life, taking very little time for God. One of my greatest fears for the end of my life when I reach the throne of God is for Him to say that He never knew me. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. In that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophecy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” (Romans 7:21-23) It is my prayer that these will be the words that I will hear when I reach the throne of God: “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” (Matthew 25:22)
Through the trials that I have experienced in the last year and still continue to go through, I am thankful that God has helped me focus on Him more and see that both the pain and joys that we experience on this earth are fleeting and are ordained to help us prepare for an eternity of true joy and peace with Him. As a Christian, I have this peace with me already because Christ lives within me and even though I feel like things cannot get worse some days with all the lockdown restrictions and dashed hopes, God is using this to help me let go of this world and fully trust Him to lead my life. The phrase, “let go and let God,” does not mean that we are free from responsibility and work while we trust God, but it means that there is a solid anchor for us to hold onto as we seek to faithfully obey and serve Him during the time that He has appointed for us on this earth.
This hope is essential for me so that I do not ultimately place my trust in people, who are fallible, or in material things, which are fleeting; and on the other hand, get destroyed by the sheer weight of the evil in this world that I frequently come face to face with when fighting in the culture war, both in the political and pro-life work that I do. I don’t have all the answers to figure out life, but I know the One who does. The more time I spend reading my Bible and getting to know Him, the more I long for Heaven and am refreshed to continue serving Him faithfully without losing heart. Only through Christ’s strength can I finish the race well. I will close with a clip from one of my favourite movies, Chariots of Fire.
Hannah Salamon-Vegh is completing her Bachelor of Music in Music Research at Western University in London, Ontario. As a Royal Conservatory of Music Certified Elementary Teacher, Hannah is passionate about teaching piano and theory to students of all ages through her studio, Hannah Salamon Piano and Theory Studio. Hannah is very active in the pro-life movement, currently serving as the President of Western Lifeline, the pro-life club at Western University. For more than four years, Hannah has worked on the campaigns of both provincial and federal political candidates. She served as the WesternU Conservatives 2018-2019 Director of Women’s Outreach and the Ontario Young PCs 2018-2019 Director of Communications. As a strong voice for social conservatives, Hannah is a panelist two times per month on Tanya Granic Allen’s show Counterpoint on The News Forum.