A Guest post by Anna McAllister
‘Look carefully then where you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of your time, because the days are evil.’
In the Greek there where two words for time Chronos which is time as a quantity for example 60 mins in an hour etc. The Greek word here is Kairos which also means time but these are moments in time, opportunities to serve God more like quality time.
I lived my life in Chronos time packing as much into the day as I could and working every hour possible. This thought gave me the boot in the behind I needed, it is never too late to slow down and enjoy each moment. In a world where we are taught that being a good steward of our Chronos time is so important, we have planners and diaries and reminders and alarms, we sometimes really need to seek out the Kairos moment. We need to be aware of how that Kairos moment can be suffocated by the business of the day. We never know what tomorrow brings and so now has to be the time to live for Our Father according to His plan and purpose.
Do we really take every opportunity to step into someone’s life and encourage them or pray for them? I know I don’t, just the other day I got the opportunity to speak with a man who had been sick with shingles and who had been at the hospital as he had hurt his leg and had passed out with the pain. This man was looking for company as he had lost his wife last year and will be 80 next week. I spent 5 or 10 minutes talking, hence all the information, and clearly the man needed prayer. Did I step up? NO! My nerve didn’t hold out and I spent the whole time hoping that my friend, who is bolder than me would come along and pray for him and rescue me from my fear.
Was this a Kairos moment wasted? You see God used that moment to teach me to trust Him. My fear would not allow me to venture into the unknown and my pride did not want me to look silly in the middle of Carrick market. If God is who He says He is I must be willing to trust Him even though I am afraid. If I don’t I will never know or experience what He has for me in the wake of that obedience.
We must surrender and believe in the impossible.
In my mind the Kairos moment was for the gentleman that I had met, in hind sight, I can see that the Kairos moment was for me. I needed to trust, I needed to understand about Gods timing and I did not. Isn’t that what we are told in Proverbs 3:4-5.
‘ Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.’
I have probably lived more years than I have left and I don’t want to waste one moment. I love the idea that every ‘Chronos Minute’ could be filled with ‘Kairos Moments.’ I know that it isn’t possible for me to always know the difference but my trust is in the one who gives me strength and boldness. My prayer is that as I seek Him He will reveal His purpose and plan for every Kairos moment and I will find the strength to overcome and boldly serve in ways I think are impossible for me.
‘And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,[a] for those who are called according to his purpose’