By Lorrie Toni

And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.’

Matthew 3:16-17

Many of my prayers subsume a time frame.  “Lord, help me with this problem” . . . sooner would be better than later.  “Dear Loving God help me understand” . . . before I break off all ties.  “Thank you, Lord” . . . for this day; this moment; this time with my loved ones.  Lord, grant me patience . . .now!

Have you ever wondered about time?  It is one of the 20th century discoveries that time is a part of physics.  This concept of time, in relationship to gravity is mind-blowing!  Time as a relationship to me and my needs and where I am located and what I need to get done is easier to understand. But as the concept of time less and less involves my daily routines, time becomes mysterious.

When we watched the Great Conjunction where Jupiter and Saturn looked like they were so close together, we had to remember that they were hundreds of millions of miles apart. And the time it took for Jupiter’s light to travel to earth was approximately 33 minutes. What we saw happened 33 minutes before we saw it!  Television and radio have a 7 second delay.

Human perspectives about time are challenged when we learn about theoretical physics.  Human perspectives about time are challenged when a week on vacation goes so fast compared to a week at work!

In these 2 verses (Matthew 3:16-17) the Bible indicates the time as “suddenly”! Upon the baptism of Christ, the heavens opened suddenly; He saw the spirit of God suddenly.  Jesus was declared the Son of God, Beloved, and One with whom God was well-pleased, suddenly.  Often, we experience the love of God suddenly! A sudden insight!  A flash of understanding!  A surge of joy! 

Thank you, God for being with us all the time.