Endless Time

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

Anne

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  

Caught In A Moment In Time

From the time I first met this island six years ago, it has been special to me. I’m convinced there is a healing presence on the island. Time seems to slow down. Is it just the removal of traffic lights, the intermittent Wi-Fi, or the custom of waving to any car that passes you on the road? Maybe, but I think it’s the dominance of the trees. They gang up on us humans and call us to live at their pace!

Yesterday as I sat at the edge of lagoon in front of my cabin, I was aware of all the different time measurements around me. The past was in front of me. The original family that homesteaded this inlet in the 1940’s had left the remnants of a long unused dock in shallows. The future was fifty yards away as I could hear the two little children Emma, four years old and Anna, a year old playing in the garden. The antiquity of our earth was before me in the ocean waters, rocks and forests. Eternity was overhead in a clear sky reaching into the galaxies of our universe. And I was there in that very moment, breathing, grateful to be a part of it all. Past, future, eternal and present.

Nothing quite like it. Don’t let the time slip away! May you drive in the slow lane today.

Love and prayers

Anne

Mystic in Motion