Redeeming the Time


My eyes are drawn to the schoolyard where six teenage boys are shooting hoops. That the sight seems extraordinarily ordinary speaks to the time in which we live.

Ahead, the stoplight turns red and the convoy I’m in slows to a stop. I’m grateful because it gives me a few precious extra moments to watch the boys.

I wonder about the stories they’ll tell their children and grandchildren about 2020, the year when everything changed.

We couldn’t know, one morning back in March, that we were waking up on what would be the last day of before. We don’t know, now, that this morning might be the last one before something unexpected or unimaginable happens.

There’s a phrase in scripture that talks about “redeeming the time”—basically meaning to make the best use of it. A few miles down the road past the basketball shooting boys I consider the concept.

Back in March, we talked about things we had time to do when life slowed for many of us. We reconnected with those who live in our homes. We played board games together, took up new hobbies or recommitted to those we had set aside in our busyness. We watched too much Netflix, read books, and did jigsaw puzzles. We baked bread.

Has all of this, or any of this, redeemed our time? Am I redeeming my time?

I’m not talking about productivity in terms of doing or creating something. I’m talking about the important, deep work of pondering, ruminating, and simply thinking.

Asking thoughtful questions and listening for the answers.

Considering my purpose and place in the world.

Really chewing on what I believe about people and time and faith; what I want to keep and what it’s time to let go of.

The better work.

I know, we’re all getting antsy and as we start to open things up, we want to get going.

But as I pause and watch boys wrestling over a basketball, I think maybe we shouldn’t be in such a hurry.

Maybe the work of redemption isn’t finished yet.

I need more time to ponder more things and release other things that no longer serve me.

I need to sit on a rock and watch birds soar and listen to the wind.

I need to be more than I need to do.

I need to listen more than I speak.

 

Word wrangler. Photo taker. I'm here early most mornings with one of my photos and a few words about life and those thin places where faith intersects. Coming Summer 2020: The Presence of Absence: A Story About Busyness, Brokenness, and Being Beloved.
2 comments
  1. lovely “meeting” you at Kathy Pooler’s site. I knew from reading your post, you would be of like-minded faith. I am a grandma of ten writing about my life for my grandchildren and greats to come someday, I have been writing my life for a long time in endless journals and some of that on a blog. Now at the point of writing some of the fun stories for the kiddos with a bit of life reflection as appropriate. I will enjoy following along here. I read blogs and often find them too much or too little…this seems just right!:)

    1. Carol, how nice to meet you! Welcome here! I love how the blogosphere enables us to make connections like this. Heading over to check out your space now.

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