the original language of the christian scriptures has an interesting take on time. there are two words that refer to “time”. chronos refers to the passing of time - the concept of a chronological set of events. The fascinating word for time is kairos. kairos refers to “the right time”. it is used to proclaim the conviction that “the time is now”!
kairos is a way of living. it honours the present.
I say, if God can’t be found in the present, he won’t be found.
We may be tempted to go looking for God in other circumstances. We may be tempted to go and sit at the feet of some swami in India. but God (truth) is not more apparent or real in India or Tibet or any particular holy shrine. If you can’t find God where you are, you’re not going to find him in India!
We may be tempted to go looking for God in other times. We may read about the early church in the book of Acts and wish our lives away, desiring to rather have lived in that time. Or we could fantasize about some utopian future and wish our life away in favour of the dream. but God (truth) was no more present back then than in any other time in history. If you can’t meet with God today, you’re not going to suddenly awaken to intimacy tomorrow. Intimacy will begin today with the desire for it. For even “the desire to pray is prayer itself” (dom chapman)
We may be tempted to wait for a better season. We may be struggling with pain and despair, a period of depression or physical sickness, or suffering the loss and longings of bereavement. And we may be tempted to think that the invitations of Jesus are just too hard to be meant for now… We’ll wait for an easier time to begin to listen and follow. There will be no easier time. Nor a better time to begin to listen to the gentle invitations, intended not to constrain but to free, not to confound but to guide and heal…
kairos: now is always a good time to begin…