“May the words of my mouth, and the meditation of our hearts, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD our strength and our redeemer”.
Quote from Narnia about how time passes……..
“But there was no time,” said Susan. “Lucy had no time to have gone anywhere, even if there was such a place. She came running running after us the very moment we were out of the room. It was less than a minute, And she pretended to be away for hours.”
“That is the very thing that makes her story so likely to be true, “ said the professor. “If there really is a door in this house that leads to some other world (and I should warn you that this is a very strange house, and even though I know very little about it) – if, I say, she had gone into another world I should not be at all surprised to find that the other world had a separate time of its own; so that however long you stay there it would never take up any of our time. On the other hand I don’t think Many girls of her age would invent that idea for themselves. If she had been pretending, she would have hidden for a reasonable time before coming out and telling her story.”
God’s time and our time……..
God has a purpose for each one of us and we are impatient because we do not understand the time frame that he operates in. As our epistle today says: ‘‘The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance’.
In the Chronicles Of Narnia, the children Narnia discovered the hard way that time and opportunity are interwoven but often in ways we can’t even imagine when we live through them.
It was the unicorn who summed up what everyone was feeling. He stamped his right fore- hoof on the ground and neighed and then cried:
“I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now…Come further up, come further in!”
So to belong? To truly inhabit we must step forward . On the Camino, the pilgrimage walk to Santiago de Compostela, there is a phrase which says there is no path only the next footstep. I believe today’s text are cautioning us to tread carefully where we place those next steps. As our actions, both individually and collectively, may well be hastening the time of a new heaven and new earth but I wonder if we are ready for the consequences of that.