Tick, Tock, the clock never stops. Time is precious – Moments of the Sacred.

Moments of the sacred sign

Do I look forward to the time I have? This is an expression at times I say when I have arranged a time to meet with someone. “I look forward to seeing you” Anticipating the meeting, talking, listening, being with the person! We do have to look forward, excited about,  having a vision, or focus, or goal to achieve, to a certain degree. The past is past, the future has not come, and we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. The present time, this moment, is what we have, the now, is what we have to work with.

Do I enjoy the moments of time I have been given? Do I look forward with anticipation, with excitement, the time was given, the time we make, as a gift? We found the time, as if it got lost, we have to wait a long time, for that cherished moment and savor the time with a friend. Having arranged a tryst, to have that quality time, not driven, or task orientated, not just another chore to be done on time.

Time is Time, not time is money! We have to place value on our time, and not get irritated, when the time feels wasted, due to the fact, we had an alternative motive. My needs not being met! Those times that we feel rushed, or running out of time, may make you feel like a drill sergeant, shouting your commands. We start pushing your demands, feeling pressured and stressed, feeling that there is not enough time, to have time, rest, recreation. Where you are the busiest, this is probably a good place to begin the needed change. Pausing, asking, pondering, how can I enjoy this moment of time, as a gift that it is. I have been given time, be careful not to get too driven, organizing, get everyone ready, fixing mode. When we are in this frame of mind, the time is no longer a gift, but a commodity to be used and abused.

Where are you the busiest? This is probably a good place to begin the needed change. Pausing, asking, pondering, how can I enjoy this moment of time, as a gift, recognizing time as just this as a precious gift. I have been given time, be careful not to get too driven, organizing everyone, demanding everyone to get ready, being in the fix it mode. When we are in this frame of mind, the time is no longer a gift, but a commodity to be used and abused.

 

The Anam Cara Book cover

A small extract from my book that I’m working on, it is still a work in process.

“Had you asked me a year ago, I never would have thought that I’d be perfectly happy sitting in a room with an old man, listening to a clock tick on the mantle, and hearing the weather change, as the wind howled. I looked up from the book in my hands when a branch scraped the window.” pg 11.

Time, what a luxury! Time to sit and read a book, not too busy, what a luxury you may think. Possibly feeling like you have no time for yourself, being mostly in a rush. Like the rabbit in Alice in wonderland, “I’m late, I’m late for a very important date.” Not having enough time. Time stops for no man, this little phrase feels so true, not enough time in a day to get everything accomplished. We try to manage out time, and question where did the time go. We are being busy at nothing, or spending our time in pleasurable activities, in recreational activities, spending time with family around the dinner table. The time you have been given is a precious commodity, we are given moments of time, to appreciate as a gift to be used wisely. Do we give ourselves the time to re – create, allow the time to re- generate,  and re-new our lives, do we give time to the things we love?

There could be a danger, not making time for new things, stuck in the ordinary status quo of life. We make time for what we want to do, and we only do what we want to do. We make time for the things we like and love to do! Do I only do what is right in my own eyes? Not using the time I have been given wisely, we all have seven days a week and 24hrs to work with, granted we do sleep some of those hours. How to use time wisely?

“The time spent in discovering and refining our craft is not a waste of time. It is called creos time. Like kairos time creos is time of a spiritual nature, a time of probing, of discovering the nature of our gifts, of testing the potential and scope of their application, of considering the ramifications of the long haul. Creos is a time of peaks and valleys, of undulating movement that we must learn to read, just as we read the hands of a clock in Chrono’s time, creos has a different rhythm that is measured by heartbeats and soul beats that tick at their own rubato pace – sometimes fast, sometimes slow, often in unmetered rhythms until we are aesthetically and spiritually satisfied. Ignorance of creos time is injurious to our spirits.” Pg 35 Seeing in the dark: A vision of creativity and Spirituality – Beverly J. Shamana.

Redeem the time, Ephesians 5: 16. – Berean Literal Bible

15 Therefore carefully take heed how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 redeeming the time because the days are evil. 17 Because of this, do not be foolish, but understand what is the Lord’s will, 18 and not to be drunk with wine in which is debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,19 speaking to each other in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks at all times for all things in the name our Lord Jesus Christ to the God and Father.

http://biblehub.com/blb/ephesians/5.htm

We have to be careful that we do not treat people as if they are not worthy of giving attention, some people view people as not valuable enough to give a moment of their time. Time is a gift to be shared.

A friend who did this for me personally, I will feature at my new website.  Motivation and Inspiration, the person I’m featuring is my friend Curtis Kneblik. He has shown love, by giving of his time, by listening and being available. This can be a sacrifice, but God does want our time to be spent in some worthwhile endeavor. Let us redeem the time, making the most our appointed time, by buying back the wasted years. We are stewards of our time, let us give of our time generously, wisely, cautiously, discerningly,  and in a way that is honoring to God.

Colossians 4:5-6The Message (MSG)

5-6 Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Don’t miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.

 

Experience sign

 

 

Is it time for a tryst?

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I got up and hastily threw my clothes on; I had an appointment and had overslept.  I wasn’t late, but wanted to take my time getting ready. I felt like I was going to explode, so excited about the meeting. We had arranged to meet under the oak tree in the park, one of many of our favorite trysting-places where we both love to hang out.

The park is not that far from my home, as I walk, I get caught up in the stream of people, going through the motions, expressionless., going to work. I try smiling at one or two as we pass each other; at times seeing a little glint of joy, that is looking to be ignited.  The noise and fumes of the cars, causes me to catch my breath and couch. I cross the road dodging the traffic and enter the park, pushing the heavy black gate, resisting me at first. I get to leave the craziness behind, enter my oasis, it is my day off and I’m going to meet a friend.

Who am I meeting with you may be thinking? The story creates a wonderful picture.

Before I introduce you to the person let us look at the word Tryst. I was introduced to this word by a friend back in Scotland and it has a Scottish root, “the Scotch has an Anglo-Saxon word they use for appointment, the word tryst. It is the word commonly used by lovers and intimate friends in speaking of their appointments. They speak of ’making tryst’ and ‘biding tryst’ the meeting spot is a ‘trysting-place.’ This word expresses vividly and exactly the real significance of the morning watch. It is a lover’s appointment. Jesus is repeatedly spoken of as the Bridegroom, and the redeemed ones are to be His bride, but the marriage day is still future, and so meanwhile out Betrothed asks every true heart to keep daily tryst with Him” pg 12 Keeping Tryst, By Mr. S. D. Gordon.

Do we have that daily trysting-place that we have a tryst with God, being in that still, quiet, solitary place where it is only you and God, and having no other care in the world for that moment, but God.

If you do a search online and type in tryst you will find some unusual sites come up and it is all about romantic liaison with a lover, having an appointed time to meet, a secret place to spend time together on more of a sensual nature.

God is a jealous God desiring time spent with the Trinity, the God of the Universe, who is wanting an appointed time, and waits patiently wanting to Tryst with you, wanting an intimate relationship with you, and knows everything about you.

The Lord is a watchman over us who love the Lord, and even those who are far off. God is desiring, and compelling all who would come, to be drawn close to the Lord who is spirit and wants worship, out of a loving relationship that is two way.

Jesus saw the need to go to a quite place to be alone with God, then how much more do we need that tryst with the Lord. The gospel of Mark 1:35 (NIV) informs us that Jesus Prays in a Solitary Place “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”  Jesus basically spent time with the Lord, went to a quiet place making an appointed time to just be with God having intimate conversations about what the Father wanted done, so as to be about the fathers business.

I have to admit I long to have those quit times, but life just crowds it out, and if we/I don’t make time to have a tryst with God, the time will never be made.

A book I’m reading at present Sacred Rhythms By Ruth Haley Barton, is a wonderful book, I highly recommend, highlighting the need for making and taking time to come to that place of reflecting on  our spiritual or soul needs. I love this thought from her book that resonated with me is “solitude becomes a place of rest for us rather than another place for human striving and hard work.” P.g.37.

And she points out a “reason we are so tired is that we are always working hard to figure things out rather than learn how to cease striving, how to be with what is true in God’s presence and let God be God in the most intimate places of our life-which is, in the end, the only thing that will change anything. We’re busy trying to make stuff happen rather than waiting on God to make stuff happen.” P.g41.

Here is a saying a friend gave me, it makes me smile, simple and very appropriate for all of us that are so driven:

“Good morning, this is God! I will be handling all your problems today; I will not need your help, so have a good day. I love you.” God.

I want to conclude with my opening story do we have that anticipation, excitement about meeting with God, having that appointed trysting-place where we both love to hang out.

To be honest; I’m not there yet and do this very sporadically, held me Lord, help us Lord, to come to that place of desire and excitement of spending time with you.

I use to go to a home group for prayer, study and fellowship, and on the hosts wall was this framed saying, like a prayer that intrigued me:

Make time for quiet moments, as God whispers and the world is loud.