Patricia Hofer

God has “infinite attention” for each of us.

CS Lewis wrote: “God is not hurried along in the Time-stream of this universe any more than an author is hurried along in the imaginary time of his own novel. He has infinite attention to spare for each one of us.” (“Time and Beyond Time”)

Sometimes I think that the evolutionary nature’s best weapon is time. Along with the circadian rhythm, we must constantly be seeking the next moment’s food, the next night’s shelter and the next footprint we’ll leave on the planet. Even when we’re taking a walk to relax or taking time for a nap, that “clock” is relentlessly ticking off our days and hours. … I’m someone who loves the early morning time of sitting alone and quietly watching the sun rise and push back the darkness. As Hannah Whittal Smith wrote in her chapter “Growth,” we must “repose in the present moment as it comes to us from God” (Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life, 187). …Yielding is about falling back into this “present moment.”
As Lewis says, God has “infinite attention” for us because He “is not hurried along” in a flowing stream of time. And, in God’s eyes, neither are we. We aren’t going anywhere! To embrace that is to fall into timeless, slow-moving moments, moments of communion with God. (Drawn from “Driving into the Dawn,” chapter 58. (©️ 2007).

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