“Time is an illusion, but a very persistent one!” (Einstein)
How have the last few months gone so quickly? It has felt like our days have dragged on occasions, and yet, here we are, in August 2020 … it will be Christmas before we know it.
Time is a strange thing. There is something fascinating about watching an egg-timer, the old-fashioned type where grains of sand fall through the glass slowly, and watching time pass, as shown in the film Tomb-Raider where William Blake’s words create so fascinating a backdrop to the movie:
“To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour.” (William Blake)
And, alongside those thoughts you have the legal profession making so much of the words “Time is of the essence.” If you don’t do what you said you would do at the appropriate time or within the set deadline you can be held to be in breach of contract.
Time is always there … passing …
Time, we often think, will help us, to grow up or to mature, to develop. Humanity will improve over time. Dr Martin Luther-King said, “The Arc of the Moral Universe Is Long, But It Bends Toward Justice.”
But is this true? Has time being in lock-down helped or hindered?
A W Tozer wrote something like, ‘People say that time is a great healer … it is not time that heals, but God …’ and that is something that we need to think about. You can have a lot of time on your hands and that time can be used well, or wasted.
How much of our time do we give to God? How much do we give to one another? How often do we find ourselves saying that we never have enough time to do certain things?
Time is often something we have enough of to do the things we really want to do – so why do we find it so hard on occasions to say to other people that we do not want to take part in that activity, go to that particular party, eat out in that restaurant (if only!) – we’re often frightened of upsetting people, rather than being true to ourselves and them … and use time as an excuse … “I haven’t got time,” …
Jesus had some potential followers ask Him if they could deal with some other things before responding to His call to “Follow me” – Jesus suggested that they follow and not look back. (Luke 9 57–62) That is not an easy thing to do, because we all have fond memories of what has happened in the past, we often love to share stories of the things that we have been involved in before now.
But today is a new day, and we are living in a new world-situation. Do we as the body of Christ, the church, here on earth, have what it takes to follow Jesus today?
Time will tell.
Mark and Melanie