15 Jun When Time Stands Still
Life is certainly a little strange at the minute, or it may even be fair to say different for us all for many different reasons. The current environment we find ourselves in may be giving us opportunities to do new things – maybe some of us are catching up on DIY projects, some may be embarking on a new fitness regime making the most of our ‘daily exercise time’, maybe we are trying out new recipes or home schooling could be more than enough for some to deal with. One thing I decided I would do in the evenings, as a break to catch up TV or movies, was to sit down and work on a jigsaw, something I haven’t done in years! However, this led to the dilemma of sourcing a jigsaw that a) I would enjoy spending time on and b) not losing interest after a couple of nights! Anyway, after searching the internet to see what was available, and more importantly who was delivering, I settled on a Ravensburger jigsaw puzzle of Times Square, New York – one of my favourite places & cities.
As I sorted through the pieces and picked out the edges, referring back to the picture on the box, reminiscing of my previous visits to this hub of New York it struck me that although the picture was vibrant and alive and buzzing, it wasn’t moving. One of the busiest places in the world had had the pause button pressed, ‘Times Square was standing still’ a similar experience to what we are all experiencing at the minute, time is standing still, a pause button has been pressed. I look at the picture and wonder if Times Square will ever return to how it was, will our lives ever go back to the way they were, will things be as good as what they were, or just maybe will things be better?
Has this ‘pause button’ been a bit of a wake-up call for us? Is it allowing us the opportunity to enjoy new things, build new relationships (albeit in different ways such virtual gatherings and video chat meetings), catch up on some books that we’ve been meaning to read for a long time, rebuild a sense of community spirit, allow us to appreciate who and what we may have sometimes been taking for granted? Could this ‘pause button’ being pressed maybe just give us the opportunity to take more time out with God, make more time for prayer, to be still.
Psalm 46:10 tells us ‘Be still and know that I am God’. This verse may suggest enjoying the quiet time that we were setting aside to spend with God maybe on a Sunday, but could it also be suggesting that we just stop, hit that pause button, enjoy this ‘time stand still’ moment and stop fighting the busyness of life and acknowledge who God really is, our source of encouragement, protection and strength at all times, not just when life becomes difficult?
Picture below is the John Rizzi ‘Times Square’ jigsaw I’ve been working on