time + space + a Jesus chair

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In the beginning. God created. the heavens and the earth.

        What we know about God is that He is beyond what we know.

So what this communicates to me is that our time and our space really matter, because time and space are the platforms in which we not only live our daily lives, but also the realms in which we encounter God.

Time.

And space.

And He entered time and space on purpose so that we might encounter Him.

In the beginning the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word was with God in the beginning. Later in the same chapter we find that the Word became human being and lived with us, and we saw His Sh’khinah [(glory)]… full of grace and truth. (Jn 1.14, Complete Jewish Bible)

When?

At the beginning of all time. Was it the beginning of God? No, for God has always been.

          He entered our time. our space. that we might know and encounter His Sh'khinah.

So what I am saying is that our time. our space. they matter. They are platforms of frivolous spending and wasted potential. They are an opportunity for beautiful growth and powerful fortitude for building.

A friend once told me that she thinks the reason we want our homes to look a certain way or have expectations of what the world should look like is because we have Eden tucked away in our created bones. We surround ourselves with beauty, however cheap or expensive it may be, hoping that somehow our dwelling place will bring a sense of peace, love, and inner chi (ohmmm). Perhaps this is centered in Eden, what we were created for. Of course, even grander, heaven.

Look around your space right now—what do you see? Do you see chaos? Do you see chores? Do you see people? God entered our space. The Word become flesh and made His dwelling among us; He entered our space and settled in (sort-of Clark Kent-y of Him, no?). We, who are fragmented and frail yet capable of such passion and love, unknowingly welcomed the King of Kings and Creator of Creation into our breakable earth, and everything changed. Dead came back to life, the blind saw light, the chained were freed, and the lame leapt... both physically and spiritually. The One who was made in human flesh yet was God in a bod entered our space and it mattered. He still does this and it still matters.

The space around you shapes you, yet you also shape it. You set up trinkets and photos and Target-run impulse buys (because honestly it was on clearance and it’s Nate Berkus so YES you bought it duh), and you have a sense for what you want things to look like. Your space might look exactly how you want or you might feel chaotic as you look around you and read this paragraph, and while I love created a certain aesthetic in a space, I have a much more important question than home-décor.

Do you have a space in your home in which you meet with Him, sit with Him, listen to His heart for you and for the world and lift those things back to His own heart?

Bill Hybels gave a sermon one time and said, “Everybody needs a chair!” …… Bill!! You have no idea. I love this! I LOVE my Jesus chair. I didn’t know it was a THING. Bill—you’re right! Thank you.

Reader-friend, you need a chair. Do you have a chair? Get a chair. ANY chair. But get a chair and meet with Him.

But of course, creating space to meet requires much more than that which is physical.

Bill Hybels also says that, “My schedule is much less a reflection of what I do and much more about who I want to become.” Do you want to become someone who lives a life that matters? Analyze and organize your schedule. Tear it apart and throw it away, then surrender it to the One who is beyond it, and ask God what He wants to do with your time. How, God, do you want me to order my time?

Sabbath.

Family.

Rest.

Work.

Enjoyment of work.

Creativity.

Health.

 

But instead I fill my own time with silly social media and terrible tv. One pastor said, “One of the great uses of Twitter and Facebook will be to prove at the Last Day that prayerlessness was not from lack of time.”

What are your priorities? What do you want your life to be about? I am in an overhaul in my own life with how to do well with my have-to’s and to invest in my less-urgent-yet-vitally-important-need-to’s. The “tyranny of the urgent” will take over if I am not wise with my ways, and I am doing my best to set up these sand-grains of time to look more like a castle and less like a pile.

I leave you with this simple prayer from the Psalms that I pray occasionally. I know that we when come before Him with this posture, He gently prods and pries and says, “Daughter, Son, let’s sit together for a while and speak.”

 

“Teach me to number my days aright, that I may gain a heart of wisdom.” –ps. 90.12

kate johnson

Southern California