When my son was a baby I was concerned, like most moms, I wasn’t doing it right. I half-jokingly mentioned this to his pediatrician and she said the most amazing thing: “If you love your child, that’s enough. And if you’re not sure you’re doing that, remember how kids spell love: T-I-M-E.” Ten years later, those words still shape my understanding of being a mom.
Cleary, God’s got this down.
This Sunday we move to John chapter 3, the story of Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus. It’s the first of a number of longer passages we’ll hear from John. I thought, perhaps, we should cut these long sections down for Sunday morning worship. But the length of Jesus’ conversations, I believe, is part of the grace we receive through John’s Gospel. Jesus is not in a hurry when it comes to conversations and relationships. Jesus reveals God’s love by becoming flesh and abiding with us, shining light into our darkness, and giving us the gift of TIME with God – all the time we need.
It’s rather astounding that the God of all creation spends all day, every day, with us, AMEN?! If we need to pray all night to make it through the darkness, God will listen all night. If we need God’s presence in order to endure our frustrations at work, school, family gatherings, or in traffic, God will be there with us every minute. God’s love, grace, and mercy endure forever. God’s got all the time in the world for us.
It challenges me, though, when I consider how much time I give to God. I can only imagine how many times God has wanted to speak with me and I haven’t had the T-I-M-E.
What about you?
See you Sunday…