“Oh Time Divine” written by Laura Burdo.
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
Time is divine… and time is a thief.
Life is a gift… and life is a bitch.
I think not.
We all have ever-turning (and churning) seasons in our lives.
Seems like just when we finally get the hang of something… or about when we start to get comfortable… wild winds whirl and we sense a shift in the atmosphere.
Ut-oh, what happens then?
Do you cringe at change, or combat it?
Maybe you expect it, and welcome it.
When a season is light and lingering, of course, we delight in these times of tranquility. But, do you look over our shoulder at what could be coming down the pike while holding your breath a little bit?
So, what’s happening here?
Are you waiting to exhale… or are you waiting to inhale? No matter, maybe.
The natural answer to either state is merely to breathe. Metered and cyclical, as if each inhalation and exhalation is a compliment to the other.
Compatible – each are equally dependent upon the other.
This is a divine rhythm. Every breath affirming our existence as we trust that we belong in this life – in this time and space.
Your Weather Patterns
Have you noticed that we are all at the same time experiencing our own unique weather patterns (of life)? Some are sunny, or partly cloudy, while others are cold with lots of precipitation.
Maybe this is why Socrates once said, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
Let’s talk about those heavy and hovering seasons. You know… the ones that call for some true blue long-suffering.
Ut-oh, did I just hear you groan?
I get it… just typing those two words hit me.
I feel it in my chest or deep in the gut somewhere… like an old memory or like an anxious dread. This must be a common reaction because, c’mon, no one likes suffering!
But, we do have some say over the matter. We don’t have to be taken down or let the pain settle in. Instead, we could determine to gut it out.
Did you know that long-suffering is an actual characteristic that we can develop? Yep.
The actual definition is having or showing patience in spite of troubles, especially those caused by other people.
Bet you know how to obtain this quality.
Yep again… we just have to deal!
It’s like what Robert Frost, the great American poet told us in his writings. He said, “The best way out is always through.”
Rhyme and Reason
Instinctively, we know that trying times are testing and teaching us. And yet, we struggle to feel appreciative. Of course, that too, is part of the lessons learned.
Hey, how bout the seasons that leave us mentally screwed-up, as they appear to have no rhyme or reason?
Jessica Jones (a super hero character) said, “What doesn’t kill us, makes us stranger.” Pretty good one, right?
Now, we could try to resist these stages of changes within us. But should we?
Isn’t that like trying to wear a hat on a very windy day, shoveling sidewalks while it’s still snowing, or talking to a person who isn’t listening? I mean, we can do that, but it can be exhausting and ultimately futile.
In addition, these reactions would only rob us.
Behind the Divine
What would happen if we expected and accepted all things? As in… whatever arises, love it.
Say to yourselves, everything is as it should be. And then relax, because nothing is really under (our) control anyway.
It is said that change is taking place continuously, all the time, behind the scenes, underneath it all… even when we can’t quite detect it.
May I suggest that that is the divine design at work within us?
Fly with Byrds
You may already be acquainted with these wise words – courtesy of The Byrds.
Remember the song, Turn! Turn! Turn!
A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time for love, a time for hate
A time for peace, I swear it’s not too late.
And… there it is.
The revelation is still relevant.
PEACE and PRESENCE is the PURPOSE.
Let us make peace with… self, others, loss, pain, and change.
And know this… God has made everything beautiful in its time.
The Pilates Preacher
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