The opening scene was idyllic with college students sitting under a tree. The calm was shattered as several other students frantically scurried by. Startled, other students inquired what was happening and they quickly followed the others into a nearby auditorium where a television was broadcasting the horrific images of 9/11. Flash forward a few months and one of the students who was at that college campus was now on a helicopter headed to Afghanistan. Without warning, a rocket struck the helicopter. Tense moments later, he crashed and he was found by a search and rescue team. Emergency spine surgery preserved his ability to walk but it still required months of rehabilitation before he was finally discharged.
Suddenly, the movie screen flashed the title of the movie. Oh my! The first fifteen minutes of the movie was just the introduction! I thought I somehow missed it. To date, this was the longest intro before the opening title that I had ever watched. It got me thinking, what is the longest intro ever filmed for a movie? A quick internet search revealed other worthy contenders but several articles mentioned one film, The Longest Day. It won two Academy awards in 1962. The film ran for 3 hours, 40 minutes, and 7 seconds. After the film, the title and opening credits were shown. Essentially, the entire film was the intro!
Why do movie makers do this? No doubt, it captures our attention and sets their movie apart from others. Not surprisingly, God does the same thing. The Bible begins with this familiar verse:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:1 (NLT)
What this verse does not tell us is how long God existed before He created the heavens and the earth. The following Bible verse gives us a clue.
Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God.
Psalms 90:2 (NLT)
God has always existed. God created time and therefore He is not bound or limited by His own creation. Scientists estimate the earth to be 4.5 billion years old and the universe to be 13.8 billion years old. God eternally existed before these staggering timelines ever began. Trillions of years? Trillions upon trillions? Not even close!
God wins again!
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.