Oct 23, 2012

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MEDITATION: When time seems to fly

So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her (Genesis 29:20).

It does not happen that regularly, but sometimes I find myself looking up from my work, thinking: it surely can’t be later than 10h00 – just to discover that it is past 13h00 already.

What happened? How did this occur?

It happened because I had for that moment become so absorbed in my work, was so inspired and taken up by what I was doing that time just seemed to fly.

This experience made me aware once again of just how privileged those of us are who have a work or a profession, or simply a daily task to perform. Even more so: I became aware of the blessing it entails when our profession or work also inspires and satisfies us – when it offers us so much pleasure and exciting possibilities that we get lost in it. So that it feels as if nothing else matters anymore, the least of all: time!

One should remain grateful for such rich and fulfilling moments. Besides people who are unemployed there are many others for whom their work is tension-filled, tiresome, boring and a painful burden.

For old Israel these absorbing and fulfilling moments where time seemed to stand still or to pass fleetingly and unconsciously, were often associated with an experience of eternity, a moment in which they experienced the touch of God, offering new meaning and fresh hope to their lives.

It was almost like with Jacob, of whom we read in Genesis 29:20 that his work was so inspired by his love for Sarah and the prospect of marrying her one day, that seven years suddenly felt like a few days.

O Lord, thank you for the privilege of work and specifically for your presence in it so that we may enjoy and be inspired by what we do. Amen

Carel Anthonissen

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