The clock’s silent space beckons
strained by the space and the words. Each week I attempt to fill that space with my best. Each week I attempt to reduce life and theology into it. Methinks there is irony here.
Today, I am not concerned about the words. I am focused on space, not space for the column, but the space between the words and the one that lies between life’s moments.
If there be any attribute that our species places in esteem, curiosity finds a home there. Often I wonder as I read the gospels what life was like for Jesus and his disciples, not as they fed the five thousand or healed the blind, but what they did before or afterward. What did they do around the campfire and the journey from town to town? What were their conversations like? Who did they meet along the way? What did they do in the spaces between history?
Common may not describe my bent toward spaces, but I bet others have noticed them. Focusing on the space between words, between anxieties, between memories, between people, is so prevalent in my thinking that I perceive life this way without effort.
Extroversion is a life raft for reality, but introversion sustains the soul attuned to a constant search for meaning and perspective. Life events may be important, but the silent spaces between them are the precipices on which we stand alone, unveiled before God.
There is a story about a boss that gave an employee a project. The employee diligently went about his work, and when done, reported to his boss. The boss, listening intently to the report, waited until the employee finished. When complete, the boss said, “That’s not what I told you to do!” Surprised, the employee responded, “But I wrote down your instructions.” The boss replied, “That may be what I said, but that’s not what I meant!” Spaces hold meaning.
Between the tick and tock in time, God’s voice persists. That silent space beckons our attention. Should we ever have the courage to commune with it, God will be there.
Life never really begins until we know how much God loves us. We discover this in spaces.
“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46: 10).