Time Travel

Time Travel?

Having just read the opening chapters of The Time Traveler’s Wife, I was a bit taken aback when I saw the bulletin for the Ash Wednesday service.  Had we skipped forward to March 22nd?  Had I been transported one month hence in the blink of an eye?  It was a little disconcerting until I realized it was only a typo.

Even so, it gave me pause.  It made me stop for a moment and reflect on the number of times I do travel back and forth in time — in my mind.  The Past.  The Future.  They beckon me, and quite often I find myself there instead of where I need to be — The Present.

A friend gave me a beautiful little piece of artwork, the gist of which is that God’s name is not “I Was” or “I Will Be” but rather “I Am.”   I love the reminder that He is with us in the here and now; if we look for Him in the past or the future, we may not find Him, and we will feel alone.

As I reflected upon what to give up for Lent this year, I decided that I would try to be less self-indulgent.  That does cover a lot of territory.  For me, it includes spending time in other dimensions, where I sometimes over-indulge in nut-filled fantasy fudge.

I decided to limit my time travel in favor of staying in the place called The Here and Now.  After all, that’s where God Is.


About Jan Hamlett

Exploring faith outside the safety of Sunday
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  1. Pingback: Book: The Time Traveler’s Wife « jameskennedybeijing

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