As I was reading this morning, I was struck by the fact that so often in the Bible time is marked by people. An event isn’t noted to have occurred at 10:02 on the 3rd of November, but “in the time of” such and such person.
As my husband and I endeavor to parent our new daughter, we are trying to step back and note her rhythms. To pay less attention to the clock and more attention to her needs. It’s not always easy, especially when there are so many distractions that cause us to miss her cues. But things go so much better when we do.
We were created to live in community, to pay attention and respond to the cues and needs of those God has placed around us. But how often do we think of the time, of our lives, in relation to people? What would happen if we stopped paying so much attention to clocks and calendars and to-do lists and started noticing our neighbors, our friends, the person struggling on the street. What if that attention led to expressions of compassion? I’m becoming convinced (and convicted) that if I don’t start letting go of distractions in favor of people, I might never know.
“…but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”