Recently I was asked: How did you get to be where you are?
The question got me thinking …. Where exactly am I? What’s to tell? I am an ordinary Saskatchewan farm girl. I love hockey, gardens, massive combines, sports, ministry, education and diverse people.
Where exactly am I?
Recently I was home visiting my parents on the farm where I grew up … and I heard my dad’s voice ring through the house, “Where ARE you?” He said in a playful voice. The words and his tone ushered nostalgia into my mind. My dad was playing hide and go seek with my niece … He used to play hide and seek with my sister and I. We would sit quietly hiding in the cupboard, with giggles just about to erupt – and He would walk the house asking, “Where ARE you?”
Where am I?
The answer is not so much about my circumstances or location. My true location and position is defined by my relationship with my heavenly Father.
How did you get to be where you are? Our lives are composed of choices and circumstances.
In the scriptures, there are two words for time: chronos and kairos. Chronos refers to chronological time, and kairos refers to an opportune time for action. We experience Kairos Moments when we make the most of every opportunity. One scholar says it like this, “Kairos Moments are the moments God uses in our lives to transfer our allegience from the kingdom of the world to another one.”
At first, I didn’t have much to say in answer to the question, “How did you get where you are?” But as I sat with Jesus to think, He reminded me: This is the most important question of all. Kaitlyn, how did you get where you are?
Where are you? In Christ.
The most powerful kairos moments are those that God reminds you who you are, and more importantly, who He is. Can you see Him?
It’s our sight of him that allows us to trust. And to make choices in life rooted in our trust for Him.
I have had profound kairos moments on a school bus, while eating kraft dinner, during midnight reading, and once when I received anonymous flowers. In those ordinary moments, I experience God’s love for me – and the quality of each cannot be weighed or measured. They were mighty because I could see clearly who God is, to me.
In John 20:15, Jesus speaks to Mary Magdalene at the Garden Tomb, but she doesn’t realize it is him. She thinks He is a Gardener. Sometimes we too don’t recognize God, and lose sight of our position. When we can’t see where we are, In Christ, fear invades and the freedom to love and be loved diminishes.
It’s interesting that Mary sees a Gardener …
Eve was blind in a Garden too. Because she couldn’t see the truth about God’s character, she couldn’t trust Him.
Where are you today? In Christ.
Who Is He? Trustworthy God.
God is the one who opens our eyes to see. Whether you are experiencing moments of clarity or moments of confusion, know this: Where you are is far more important than how you got there. May God give you kairos moments today, in the simple and mundane moving about. Your Father is asking, “Where ARE you?” Will you let Him find you in a kairos moment?