Can you recall a moment when you came across a book, a reading, a conversation, something that felt so ‘right’ to you, something that helped shape your day or your thoughts? It felt as if the whole universe, the Spirit of God had planned that moment for you. Everything felt in alignment. Yes!
The Greeks taught us about two kinds of time, Chronos and Kairos. The first gives us our watches, our obsession with minutes and seconds. We call it chronological time where we measure each minute, set appointment times and win races by milliseconds. We also count birthday candles, grades in school, and frequency of events with this time measurement. Handy but…..I’m grateful for the other time awareness. Kairos reminds us that there is more to time than we can measure. Tip your head up and behold the cosmos above you. That’s a glimpse into a Kairos awareness, one where we are humbled by the vastness. We stagger meekly into eternal time, unmeasured and forever. I’m humbled before it for I can’t contain it in my watch or calendar. I’m expanded within it for I’m aware of a deeper calling, a deeper life where I live in Kairos time.
Our physical bodies are tied to Chronos. The clock ticks for the physical life I’m living. Our soul resides in Kairos. We are children of God, made in the image of eternity. Our soul breaths comfortably in Kairos time. When I feel trapped or exhausted, I wonder if I’m living too much in my body or mind and not enough residing in my soul. Or is it my soul experiencing the constraints of this measured life? I know my soul doesn’t get exhausted for it is always fed from the eternal spring of life within.
The last time I encountered one of those moments when the right word was given to me, made me so aware that my life was known by God. If that moment was known, that need was known, wasn’t every moment known, every need known? I glimpsed that we live within Kairos time, all the time. We simply don’t see it. God is always present. Relax and trust in the slow work of God. Always. Each moment is known. We live in endless, eternal time. Always known. Always beloved.
Love and prayers
Mystic in Motion
Companion on the Way with Contemplative Fire
Contemplative Fire Canada, Founder
Companion on The Rivendell Way
Society Member with Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation