kairos time | John 4.43-45
After the two days he departed for Galilee. (For Jesus himself had testified that a prophet has no honor in his own hometown.) So when he came to Galilee, the Galileans welcomed him, having seen all that he had done in Jerusalem at the feast. For they too had gone to the feast. John 4:43-45 | ESV
After those two wondrous, unexpected harvest days, it was time to move on, and move on he did, back to his Galilean stomping grounds. Jesus had warned his followers not to expect such an exuberant harvest experience in Galilee. “Prophets get respect everywhere but at home,” he solemnly warned them. But then stepping onto Galilean soil, people went all gaga over him, giving him a hero’s welcome. They’d been to Jerusalem. They had seen everything he had done at the Feast. Word had spread.
MAV (Mike’s Amplified Version)
It’s what Jesus and his followers had just unexpectantly been experiencing in a Samaritan village after an unlikely conversation with a Samaritan woman at a well. Jesus might have had a less than an enthusiastic reception by the religious establishment, but an entire Samaritan village proclaims him as “Savior of the world.” And he doesn’t have to overturn one table or perform one miraculous sign. Just one conversation, and then two days during which the whole village hears him.
Heading back north into Galilean territory, Jesus knows the wind has shifted again, and time with it: back to a people craving demonstrations and obsessed with signs.
In season. Out of season.
It’s what a young preacher named Timothy is told to brace himself for – literally eukairos (good time – that moment “in the grove” when we “rock it”) and akairos (no time – off beat, out of sync, no rhythm). The proverbial picture: a word spoken “in season” (kairos) is like “golden apples in silver baskets.” It just fits. The key to successfully navigating life is being able to encounter both phenomena – eukairos and akairos – without throwing fits; to embrace such alternating motion of rhythm and the rhythm less lack of motion, without becoming discouraged and walking off the dance floor.
We love being in sync, feeling the beat, and then moving to it like a surfer catching a wave. Not so much the lack of rhythm as we drift on a wave less sea or repeatedly just keep missing the waves. But we sense that as Jesus moves into out-of-sync Galilee, he still hears and moves to the kingdom beat in his head and heart, looking for another eukairos moment in an akairos time and place.
That’s the secret to such successful living: learning to wait for it.
Does your life right now feel in-sync or out of sync? What is the balance between waiting for life to click into place and making that rhythm happen? How well do you handle that balance?
Lord, lead me in your unforced rhythms of grace; show me how to wait, how not to force things – and show me when and how you need me to move toward the next wave of your kingdom in my life. Through Christ.