Friday photo – getting the timing right

Bude beach

This was a walk we did at half term along the beach at Bude. Unfortunately, we hadn’t quite got the tide timings right! While the walk looks very straightforward in the photograph, further down the beach we were clambering over rocks as the tide came in and we could no longer walk on the sand. Although we were not in danger at any point and there are several places where we could have climbed the cliff, the experience reminded me of how important it can be to get the timing right in some dimensions of our life. When the timing is right, things can go so well, may be much less complex and there is a resonance and sense of wellbeing. When the timing is wrong it can be a nightmare trying to get something accomplished.

At different points in my Christian life I have heard people talking about two different Greek words for time, kairos and chronos. Kairos is the opportune time to do something, perhaps God’s time, chronos is chronological time. Differentiating between the two can sometimes be a helpful reflection or guidance on something we are doing or hoping to do.


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