Time, especially in our modern ‘on the go, always connected, always available lives,’ is very often a pressured and precious commodity… there always seems to be not enough of it, we seemed to be continually on the treadmill of life rushing from one place to the next. At work, at home, at play, we can often be thinking of what’s next, who’s next, how do I get to the ‘next’.

Families of all types and make ups looking after loved ones, their children, their parents, their grandparents. People working long hours, arriving home late, people packing in time to exercise, taking part in hobbies, going out to eat. For some life is just so busy because they are working out how to survive. What is common, what unites so many people, is this constant chasing after time…

 

But, for many, many people, that is going to change in the days and weeks ahead… the daily commute to and from work may stop, the rush to get the children to school, the journeys to elderly parents, to the restaurants, to the gym all these will stop for a while. Yes, having children at home is different, and also pulls some people away from work, adding further complications to life…. but there will still be more time. And the question is what will we do with it?
These words, found in the Bible, remind us of the nature of time…

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; ...”

They remind us that, life when lived well, has enough time for everything, there isn’t a rush, there is room for it all, and that we will all experience these things in season.

So, what is our season now, what are we to do with these new hours? In a sense that’s a personal question but maybe we can be more focused on care for each other in these times, maybe we can be more focused on care for ourselves… learning to slow down… read a few more books, learn a new skill, brush up an old one, practice that instrument more… connect more with friends and family by phone, email, letter. Remember the single parents and lonely neighbours and call them regularly… although we are restricted with our movements we can still be community and family in so many ways.

See this extra time as a gift instead of a barrier and we may have a different take on, and approach to, the next few weeks and months

Blessings to you all, stay safe, be safe
James