What time is it?? Isn’t that a question that people are always asking? I do it myself.
Why are we always so concerned about what time it is?
In a hurry up world. Gotta get someplace. Have to get my own point across. Must make that deadline. Don’t really have time for praying. I have to move on this fast.
Take a breath. Step back. Think.
Why does it matter? Really. What are the things that are really going to matter when I stand before my Master? That I made thousands of “friends” on Facebook, got in front of that rude person on the road, or made it to on the next rung on the ladder in record time?
When is the last time I did things on God’s time? It’s called Kairos time. God has His own agenda and timing. It might look completely different than the grand plan that I have made.
Humans have set up Chronos time. The steady tick tock of the clock. It marks out the days, years and seasons. We are always looking at it, thinking about it, or worrying about it.
We all can add our own variety of ways we think about the hands of time.
It’s a heart cry I have. To learn to do things on God’s time. In His way.
To trust. To listen. To know when the time is just right for me to step in with a word that He lays on my heart. When it is the time for me to be still.
Do I know how to do that? It is not only the act of sitting quietly in His presence. No. It seems to be much more than that.
Being so in tune with my Maker that I know when to speak, when to listen, what to say, and even how to say it. It can make a huge impact on a person, a church, or even an entire nation.
You never know how The Holy Spirit intends to use you.
My obedience or disobedience in following God’s timing and waiting on Him can leave implications that I cannot even imagine. What if I miss the moment, or what if I jump ahead when I’m impatient?
Think and pray on this. Long and hard. And don’t look at your phone, clock or computer. Can you do that, even for one morning? Even one hour? Seems like such a contradiction….setting a timer for one hour, so that we will not worry about the time or get distracted from what is really the most important thing.
Time with God.
My prayer for myself is, “Lord open my spiritual ears to your Kairos timing. Let me be totally open to your will and your way. Tune my heart to your Word. Breathe your Holy Spirit into me so strongly so that I will hear your voice. May I follow and obey your lead.”
These thoughts are inspired by the book, Growing the Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit: Seven Principles of Dynamic Cooperation by Brad Long, Paul K. Stokes and Cindy Strickler (Nov 3, 2009)
This concludes my brief meditations on the seven steps of the Dance of the Cooperation with the Holy Spirit, which are described in this book, and in the conferences which are offered by P.R.M.I. (Presbyterian -Reformed Ministries International) http://prmi.org/which is an international training ground for teaching people how to be more in tune with and follow the Holy Spirit.