You too can be a Time Traveler

May 15th, 2012 · by Tom Stuart · Life Balance, Relationship with God

Make the most of your time because the days are evil.  Ephesians 5:16 NAS

One of the movie genres I enjoy are films about time travel.  The idea of being able to escape the bounds of time has always fascinated me.  Ah to be done with attempts at merely managing time.  Give me a time machine and I will be the master of time by rewinding it or fast forwarding it at will!  No doubt you, too, have dreamt of being free from the constraints and pressures of time and of being able to alter or redeem time.

Time, as we all know, marches on relentlessly and waits for no man.  Someone bemoaning the facts that time flies and it is just a matter of time before time runs out, penned a timely observation.  “Time is like a roll of toilet paper, the closer you get to the end the faster it goes.”  

The irony of most time travel movies is that the plight of the time traveler is no different than those of us without a time machine.  In classic time travel cinema like Back to the Future and its sequels, the time traveler, Marty McFly, finds himself repeatedly caught in a predicament with time running out.  You know the drill: as he races against time, it’s just a matter of time before he’ll be out of time, unless he is saved in the nick of time.  Where is the time machine when a guy really needs it?

Time is an enigma.  It is both a friend and a foe; a blessing and a curse.  Time is our most precious possession and yet we seldom treat it that way.  What we do with it will determine our destiny and yet we seldom think about it that way.  We can redeem time or waste time, buy time or spend time, keep time or do time, bide time or two time, save time or kill time, stretch time or squeeze time, make time or mark time, borrow time or take time.

The passage of time affects everyone differently.  Time is slower for the class than for the teacher, and slower for the congregation than the preacher.  Time goes faster for those on vacation than for those at work, but slower for the customer than the clerk.  It’s also faster for those taking a test than the proctor, but slower for the patient than the doctor.

There is a big difference between telling time and knowing the time.  When we tell time, we are simply reciting the position of the hands on the clock.  That is chronological or from the Greek, chronos time.  But when we know the time, we are recognizing the significance of the time to which the hands point.  That is kairos (Gk) time.  Kairos time might best be described as a purposeful time in our lives, filtered through the loving hands of God, in which He promises to empower us.

Probably one of the most poignant passages ever written about time, specifically kairos time, comes from the book of Ecclesiastes 3:1-11.  There we learn that the secret to making the most of our time, to redeeming the time, is to know the time and season in which we are living.  “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” (3:1)

Only when we recognize and accept the time and season we are in, not unlike a farmer planting and watering his seed in the spring, can we invest ourselves in making the most of that time, and thereby garner the greatest long term satisfaction and fruitfulness. 

But what happens when one day our chronos time is up and our kairos time becomes “a time to die”? (3:2)  What then?  We know that God, as the creator of both space and time lives outside the confines of those constructs.  He lives in the realm of eternity where time travel is no longer just a dream but a reality and where “a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” (2 Peter 3:8)  

For all those who are believers in His son Jesus Christ, we are counting on His resurrection power to transport us like a time machine into that realm where time really is on our side.  It is the ultimate in time travel where we will get to traverse the ages by meeting everyone from the past, and project ourselves into a preferred future that will have no end.  There will be no more regrets for time lost or fear of hard times to come.  And that my friends will be heaven, the epitome of every time traveler’s dream.

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