The ancient greeks had two types of time: Chronos and Karios. Chronos time is referred to as the time we live in (it's sequential time). For example, when we are having one of THOSE days and we are staring at the clock wishing it was our kiddos bedtime so we could have some PEACE and QUIET!!! That is Chronos time!
Karios time is the right, opportune time. Some refer to it as God's time. When God is acting in our lives. It's those magical moments that seem to make time stand still. It's those moments when we wish we could freeze frame the scene and keep it in our hearts and minds FOREVER!
I've been feeling that lately I am not allowing myself to see those Karios moments happening in my life. I feel so busy some days that once the girls are in bed, I want to collapse. I do collapse. Why do we allow ourselves to get so caught up in the busyness of life that we let these precious, rare moments slip by us?
Moments in "Karios" time are moments and memories to be cherished. Yesterday, we had a rough day. We had some disrespectful behavior and I really just wanted to hide under a rock and wait until 8pm rolled around. Days like yesterday drain me. They make me question my role as a Mother. They make me regret letting behaviors slip by that are now seeming to haunt me. These days are just down right hard. Although, in the middle of all the hardness there was a light. I was putting the girls to bed after we read a book and said our prayers. This usually takes many reminders to "stay in bed and get a good rest" or we have the pitter patter of little feet coming down the stairs two or three times. So, I was praying to myself that they would listen and go to sleep. I was tired and really wanted to forget about the days happenings. The light, the "karios" time came when I paused. Both girls were under their covers and ready for a good night kiss. I leaned down to kiss my middle daughter and very sweetly she said, "Mama, we are sorry about today." "We will try harder tomorrow." Now, maybe I am just a sucker, but it touched my heart. I know they aren't "meaning" to act they way they do at times. It was one of those moments that I wanted to pause. I wanted to remember how sweet and innocent the girls are. I wanted to remember how beautiful they are and how peaceful they look. I felt God's presence and him telling me, "It's okay Mama, tomorrow is a new day." Yes, yes it is.
I'm going to try hard to cherish these karios times. They come as quick as they go and we need to be alert to experience them. When I am rushed and feeling frenzied; I want to remember to slow down and look at all that is around me. When I am feeling weary and tired; I want to pause and give thanks to God for the three blessings that are making me feel worn out.
When I watch my husband with my girls and think to myself, "How in the world do I deserve such love?" These are all karios moments occuring in Chronos time. I may not always remember the karios moments, but I know they occur. They make all of the "rough" days much easier. They shine a light in the darkness. Won't you notice the light in your life?
When I look to the sky something tells me you're here with me and you make everything alright ~ Author Unknown