Ephesians 5:15-16 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
15 Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, 16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil.
One of the privileges I have as a pastor is to walk with people through joyful times and really difficult times. All of these times, and the in between times too, are sacred times.
There are two Greek words for time. One is chronos time, which refers to chronological or sequential time. The second is kairos, which refers to a proper or opportune time for action and for God’s presence to be experienced. The word kairos is used in Ephesians 5:15-16.
I have been thinking about these two times and wondering if the difference between chronos and kairos is not about what God is doing or not doing, but about what we are doing or not doing and how we are engaging with the moment. Whether a moment in time is joyful, difficult or just a typical day, how we engage that time, how we see that time, how we live into that time will make all the difference on whether we experience it as kairos or chronos.
I took my grandson, Ethan, out for dinner, a little shopping and to play in the park. He looked at me as we finished dinner and said, “Grandma, let’s just sit here and talk, okay?” So we did. I could not tell you what he specifically said, but he felt heard and I felt wanted and perhaps needed. That moment, that could have been missed, became a kairos moment. Later, as we walked around a pond in the park, he again took my hand and said, “Grandma, let’s sit on that bench and talk, okay?” I again said “yes” – grandparents have the luxury of saying that “yes” more often I think. Again we sat and talked and noticed the beauty around us. He also noticed someone had left trash and he took care of that. That, too, became a kairos moment, one that I will remember for some time to come.
As we drove to his home, he said, “Grandma, this is the best day ever!” Hugs and “I love you’s” ended our time together.
I wonder what might have happened with that time I spent with him if I had not slowed the world to really listen to him?
All of us get a lot of moments in life. Some will be chronos and I hope many will by kairos where we feel God moving in us and transforming us.
I am looking forward to worshipping with you Sunday! Let’s make worship a kairos moment too!
Remember who you are and Whose you are!
Pastor Donna 😉
Home Opportunities for the week of May 12, 2019:
Think of the women in your life who have helped you to experience God. Take some time to lift them up in prayer and give thanks to God for their presence in your life. You may want to call one of these women to “lift her up” or write a letter to her if she has passed on.
Think of one thing you could do to “lift up” someone this week. How can you be God’s hands, heart and feet?
Enjoy time with friends or family and savor the moments together.
Scripture for May 19, 2019: