Timeless or Time-less?
With governments rolling out school closures, work-from-home orders, cessation of all gatherings, life has been transported to the unknown. The phrase “life is what you make of it” has never rung louder. Some have complete autonomy over their lives - rigid work schedules easily dissolved by one’s ample hours at home. On the contrary, frontliners carry the weight of the world and try their hardest not to get bogged down by its heftiness.
There's a constant push and pull between the feeling of chaotic fluidity in our ever-changing plans and the rigidity brought by the safety measures hammered down on us. The concept of time yo-yos between too much & too little where “too many hours to ourselves” coexists with the rush to find a cure and containment of the virus.
In our fast-paced society, time seemed to outrun us. It is precisely this notion that we throw out reasons as to why we are unable to accomplish whatever it is that we intended to, hoped to, should have done, as a form of defence mechanism. Being cooped up in our homes or workspaces, time seems to have lost its ability to outrun us. Days have melted into one another and time is all we have now. Perhaps this is the time we desperately needed to learn what it truly means to be still, like Mary at Jesus’ feet. We’ve been stripped of our norms; and what is a better time than this to redefine our lives, our relationship with God and that with our loved ones?
We’ve shed the blanket of familiarity. Perhaps the time to properly adorn the Armour of God is now. Spending extra hours in our pajamas doesn't mean that our hearts and spiritual lives have to do the same.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. (Ephesians 6:8-13)