Unsung Words of the Christmas Story – Part 8: the time came
Because the Christmas account is one that is so familiar to us, without realizing it, we tend to gloss over words because they seem to roll off our tongue. What would happen if paused for a moment to reflect on those well- worn and somewhat overlooked words and phrases?
…the time came
“While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born…” Luke 2:6
“Time waits for no man” is an age-old expression. The origin is uncertain, although it’s clear that the phrase is ancient and that it predates modern English. The earliest known record is from St. Marher dating back to the 1200’s. It reminds us that the clock is always ticking and with the passing of time….life happens!
One very real example of time marching on is the birth of a child. There is a gestation period and when the days are ticked off the calendar, the “baby waits for no man or woman” and the child arrives.
Various translations describe the arrival of Jesus’ birth as “the days were accomplish”, “time came for her delivery”, “the days of her giving birth were fulfilled”, “the time came to have the baby”……you get the idea. The passing of time is a hard reality of life. We cannot stop the clock for anything. Just as the birth of a child is inevitable, there are inevitabilities in our lives that we often bristle against, try to avoid or run from.
Time ticks on, but we can choose how to use portions of it by taking a moment to center down, remove ourselves from the race, and breathe deeply. These do not have to be long silent retreats, but snippets of time to regroup in God’s presence. Those few moments can be invaluable for meaningful re-entry into the race.
“Time waits for no man” so take some of it and be still.
Heavenly Father, when I hear You call me to moments of quietness during this day may I do more than listen, but stop and be still before You. This will remind me that this world can so easily drain me dry, but You want to fill me in our moments together. Amen.