“Time is not the same with the Lord as it is with us. To Him, a day may be a thousand years and a thousand years only a day…” (2 Peter 3:8). The beginning of 2024 is an opportunity to explore our thoughts about time. Our Creator is not constrained by time, even though the story of creation is divided into days by the Scripture writer. But time is a crucial factor in our own expectations, anxieties, plans, disappointments and triumphs. People vary in their attitudes about time, which can cause anything from mild irritation to war. In 2024, might we work on being tolerant of others who are ruled by efficiency or those who keep us waiting for an answer, results or change? How about wanting give up praying because God hasn’t answered for a long time? How could I become more calm and resilient knowing that although time is flying, I am the pilot?
By Mary Jackle, OSB