There are two Greek words used in the New Testament for time. The one we hear most often is chronos, which generally refers to chronological time. The other is kairos, which refers to “the right or opportune moment.” An ancient Greek poem inquires of Kairos, the Greek god of “the fleeting moment”,
“And why does your hair hang over your face?
For him who meets me to take me by the forelock.
And why, in Heaven’s name, is the back of your head bald?
Because none whom I have once raced by on my winged feet will now, though he wishes it sore, take hold of me from behind.”
Our God is a God of kairos, of the opportune moment, and of the fullness of time. He acts when the time is right, and He often prompts us to do likewise. But how often when He prompts us do we neglect to obey? How often do we let the moment slip by?
We are living in days of opportunity. Along with the economic hardship, illness, and many other difficulties people are facing today comes a spiritual hunger, a seeking for answers. If we are watching for the kairos of God, the opportune moments He provides, and if we respond to His prompting with obedience, we will experience the joy of partnering with God as He works to transform lives in our community!
[Inspired by thoughts shared by Dr. Brian Wilson, former District Superintendent for Chicago Central District of the Church of the Nazarene during District Assembly, June 2010]