God's Perfect Timing

Dear Mosaic Family,

We lose an hour of sleep tonight. You probably don't need the reminder about "springing ahead," since your phones will do it automatically at 2:00am. However, you might need the reminder to work a nap in today, or go to sleep a little earlier. Why? So you're not late for church tomorrow. However, even if you're late for our first morning service at 9:30am, you can just pretend you're early for the 11:15am service, and help with greeting.

Since we're on the topic, this is a perfect opportunity to talk about God and time. One of the beautiful realities of living in a cosmopolitan city like Boston, is the privilege of interacting with people from all over the world. If you spend significant time with people from other countries, you soon realize that different cultures approach the idea of "being on time" differently. Western cultures tend to be "monochronic" in that they view time as linear, with a definitive beginning and end. Time is viewed as limited in supply, so we structure our lives by milestones, deadlines, and hard schedules. Because time is viewed as a commodity, we have expressions like "waste time" or "lose time" or "time is money." These cultures like to do one thing at a time and therefore are irritated by interruptions. Being more than 15 minutes late to a meeting is deemed disrespectful and an apology is expected. 

Polychronic cultures like Southern Europe, Latin American countries and the Middle East view time as cyclical and endless. More importance is placed on doing things right and maintaining harmony, rather than worrying about getting things done “on time.” Distractions aren't as big of deal, because relationships are more important than deadlines, so they are glad to stop what they are doing to talk to someone, take a phone call, or to send an email. Being 15 minutes late is no big deal!

If there are such stark contrasts in understanding time between cultures, how much more so between people and God? 2 Peter 3:8 says, "with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." God is never late. Join us tomorrow as we look at Luke 8:40-56 and study God's perfect timing! 

Praying for you!
Pastor Jan


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