As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press, here is a selection from our book of daily devotions, “Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time,” by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
God’s sense of time
“For everything there is a season, and a time for
every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and
a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck
up what is planted.”
There are times when we need moments of holy leisure. They are good for our souls. We also need moments of meaningful activity, holy work, and availability to others. Sometimes we must honor the clock and respect chronological time restraints and limitations. We may not feel our task has been accomplished but the allotted time is gone and we must go on to otherthings.
But there are also moments in life that are divinely inspired. They might appear as moments frozen in time and etched into our memories forever. Perhapsthey have a translucent quality, clearly luminous and holy. Or it may be only with hindsight that we realize they were special God moments. Then we interpret these as either divine appointments or divine interruptions. Through them, we can more fully experience God’s presence in our lives.
The Bible offers a variety of Greek and Hebrew words for time. The words and illustrations used by the ancient prophets and teachers offer important clues
to understanding God’s sense of time through their contextual perspectives. Today’s verses are timeless in their wisdom and insight.
There is a time to be born and a time to die. There is a time to laugh and a time to weep. There is a time to mourn and a time to dance. There is a time to search and a time to give up, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. Some might call these moments fate, destiny, or chance, but they often represent important decisive crossroads in life. I suggest these moments are divinely ordained and we are most fully blessed, energized, and empowered when we are aware of God in our midst.
God, teach us about your sense of time. Bring us into a deeper awareness of your presence in the midst of our busy lives. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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