In last monday’s post, we discussed kairos moments, specifically what they are and how to identify them. In discerning what God is saying and doing in your life it is helpful to keep track of them to practice the art of paying attention. But once you’ve recorded your kairos moments, then what? Being aware and recognizing them is one thing, but doing something with them is another. So what do you do with them?
We can be tempted to treat kairos moments like they are problems to be solved. I’m an action oriented guy. I love efficiency and productivity. When there is a problem to be solved, I’m all about figuring it out, getting it done and moving on to the next thing. But kairos moments aren’t problems.
We also can be tempted to treat kairos moments like they’re mysterious puzzle pieces to a divine cosmic puzzle of which we don’t have the picture on the front of the box to guide us. Treating them this way will lead to frustration. We’ll throw up our hands cause we can’t “figure it out” and we’ll stop paying attention. Kairos moments aren’t puzzle piece.
Rather, kairos moments are invitations. They are invitations from God to come and be with Him so that we can learn from Him.
For example, I regularly have kairos moments when I hit a writer’s block, whether writing a blog post, an article or sermon. A recurring reaction I have to writers block is frustration coupled with insecurity and inferiority. When this happens, I can view these moments in one of two ways. Either, I can see them as a road block to my productivity or I can see them as a moment for God to teach me and reshape my heart.
When I see them as the latter, the proper response to kairos moments is prayer. Prayer in connection with kairos moments is two things. One, if these moments are invitations, prayer is simply creating space to be with Jesus. It’s a time when all distractions are put aside and we are able to focus on Jesus being present with us, and us with Him. Two, it’s posturing our hearts to learn from Him. For me, this looks like going on a walk. I find my mind and heart are more present and engaged to the presence of Jesus when my body is engaged.
This is discipleship 101; being with Jesus, in order to learn from Jesus, so that we can be like Jesus.
For many people, pray takes the form of a spiritual open mic where we let our prayer requests fly. We pour out all of our dreams and fears, anxieties and worries, cares and concerns. And while there’s a time and place for individuals to pour out their hearts before God, when it comes to kairos moments, less is more.
The two things I pray while working through kairos moments are, “Why?” and “Teach me about that.” After that, I shut up and listen.
In the example above, my Why? question was, “Writers block is normal. Why do I feel insecure and inferior?” By creating space to reflect I was able to see that my insecurity came from comparison and competition. Most often when I hit writers block I start scanning other blogs comparing myself to other writers.
My next prayer was simply, “Teach me about that.” In a sense, where does this need to compare and compete come from?
By creating space to prayerful reflect on this kairos moment and others like it, I intentionally open my life to God and submit myself to Him.
Truth be told, this takes a lot of work and intention. It doesn’t magically happen. It’s a retraining of one’s heart and mind to be open and present to what God is doing. But I have found the outcome of walking with God in this way to be unbelievably fruitful.
1. Take a kairos moment you’ve recorded.
2. Put yourself in a place where you can be open to God and His Spirit.
3. Prayer the two simple prayers above and see what God reveals.
Next Monday: Sharing your kairos moments with others