Does our spirit know time?

Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here.”

John 7:6  

Dear members and friends, 

In the Old Testament there is a book titled “Ecclesiastes.” Supposedly King Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes in his old age. In the book, we find a phrase, “For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.” (3:1) In one way, we could understand this as a sentimental statement by the wisest of man on earth saying, “Everything is built by God. Thus, in this perfectly-synchronized world, a man cannot claim a real achievement, but simply comply with what God has made in its time and season.” Acknowledging this sentiment, King Solomon strongly emphasizes a proper time and season for every matter under heaven. Thus, a wise way to live on earth as humans might be to find a rhythm of life in everything that is designed and built by God rather than seeking every way to fulfill one’s own desires.

Time is certainly one of the crucial elements that makes up the frame of our reality. In a way, most humans live by what is dictated by time. Time is also mentioned in the New Testament, especially by Jesus. In English, time is mostly defined and understood chronologically. However, in Greek there are two words that could be translated as time: kairos and chronos. Cronos means chronological time, while kairos means appropriation of a process or season. Whenever Jesus mentions a time, it is always kairos, because Jesus was always teaching about the process of our minds, and our minds do not exist in chronological time. In a way, this is one of the reasons that our life on earth feels challenging; our true self exists in a realm where chronological time does not exist, while our outer self exists in a realm where chronological time dictates everything. 

My brothers and sisters in God, let us take a moment and take our mind to a deep meditation this week. Let us explore the inner reality of our mind where there is no chronological time or space. May you all find a way to connect with the presence of Divine in your minds. 

Blessings, Rev. Junchol Lee