By Melodious Monk
Chronos and Kairos — Our time and God’s time. I know much is written about this fascinating concept of time. I don’t get deeply into it philosophically or scientifically, but to me it is a reminder that our time on earth is not our end, not even close. As a young person, I always struggle when people quote the Gospel phrase “He who endures to the end will be saved.” In looking at this phrase through chronos time I wonder, is this life really just about enduring, and if so, what is the point?
So far in my life I’ve most often find kairos in nature and in singing, though I figure there are as many possibilities to enter God’s time as there are people. It’s these moments where time stands still, and a doorway seems to open to something extraordinary — which I may recognize but can’t understand — it’s these moments that help pass the chronos time, that help ease the pain inside, that send me back to practice my art, that push me to try again at a broken relationship, that allow me to try and care for others, that give inspiration to go about my work. Perhaps today I may feel God’s peace and a moment of kairos. And if not today, then perhaps surely tomorrow.