(From Leona's forthcoming book Ch. 12 "Nature flourishes on my summit")'
Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, who lived in the late fourth century, wrote “…nothing is lost. Every prayer of yours, every psalm you sing is recorded. Every alms, every fast is recorded.” He understood the deep, mysterious secrets of God before science even considered probing such connectedness!
Closely related to that understanding, Jesus taught us the principle that the fruit we are to bear "should remain." I am responsible to bear the fruit through abiding connectedness with Him; God will preserve it, store it, safeguard it, make it last, keep it from deterioration, from moth, rust, theft—in short, record it!
In my summit years I am tempted to wonder whether the good works and ministry for the Lord I have tried to do, the words of encouragement I have spoken, or the books I have written, will be part of the “preserved fruit” that will never perish. Will it all matter in the eternal plan of God? People may not even see my fruit; I may have borne it behind the scenes. Or as time passes, no one will even remember. Will God? Like the grass of the field, what I have done, humanly speaking, will soon disappear. Will it matter that I have lived?
Truth can be found even in unexpected places. I came upon a few lines in a novel titled “The Shack” by William P. Young which reinforced my understanding that it does and will matter. “...If anything matters, then everything matters. Because you are important [to God] everything you do is important. Every time you forgive, the universe changes; every time you reach out and touch a heart or a life, the world changes; with every kindness and service, seen or unseen, God's purposes are accomplished and nothing will ever be the same again....know that [you] can make some difference, no matter how little that difference might [seem] to be.”
In quantum physics, science is attempting to describe this connectedness of all things to make sense of the world and define “the source, the beginning to all.” It seeks to explore how it can be that everything that is and ever was is connected to everything else. Science has tried to describe such a place or condition or state where space and time come together and everything that has ever been said, done, or has happened or is happening is preserved and stored.
However, God, The Source and The Beginning, is infinitely beyond any zero point field or other modern scientific conceptions. The best of our recording equipment can't hold a candle to God's; He records the words and deeds and thoughts of everyone all over the world simultaneously and stores it permanently! His recording won't be wiped out by any electronic grid failure. We will be judged by what's in His storehouse since it will all be documented by some supernatural preserving process. Nothing we consider insignificant or trivial that we say to one another or do for one another will be overlooked by the Lord or lost.
How do I know? “Then those who feared/revered the Lord talked often one to another; and the Lord listened/gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him of those who reverenced and worshipfully feared the Lord, and who thought on/esteemed His name” (Malachi 3:16 Amplified Version).
Is it possible that God notices when we stop and talk about Him with a friend? Or write an encouraging letter to someone? Or share our faith with someone who needs to know God as his friend? Isn't God too busy maintaining the galaxies to pay attention to our casual conversations about Jesus here on this puny, insignificant blue planet? Is it possible that He reads our minds when we merely lift our thoughts to Him in prayer in the midst of a busy day? God must have His own Heavenly Recording Studio where He permanently records our prayers on celestial micro-chips or perhaps He has assigned some techy-angels to do it in some mysterious, spiritual way.
Everything, including our prayers, is everlasting; it is preserved as if carved in stone. My prayers keep working forever. When I launch them out into the universe to the Throne of God in Jesus’ Name as He taught us, I don't understand how, but God hears them immediately. If He delays the answer for my good and for His glory, they will still never diminish in power. God does not file away my prayers, or my words, or deeds, in some dusty heavenly filing cabinet and forget them.
How greatly each of us matters to the God of the Universes! Continuing the incredible thought in the verse above, in verse 17 God promises, “'And they will be Mine' says the Lord of hosts, 'in that day when I publicly recognize and openly declare them to be My jewels—My special possession, My peculiar treasure....'”
How intimately God regards us when He hears us talking together about Him or even thinking about Him! “His own, His jewel, His special possession, and His peculiar treasure?” Am I blessed or what?