Part 3: Seconds
As a group, or individually, start a stopwatch running and look away. Then look back when you think exactly 60 seconds have passed… How close did you get?
What is your relationship like with time? Always too much or never enough? How good are you generally at judging it? Do you tend to lose track or are you someone who generally has a good idea what time it is even when you haven’t looked at a clock recently? Do you tend to run late or early?
Read 2 Samuel 6: 12-19
In the moment…
David was entirely in the zone — completely present, second to second, worshipping God. He was in his flow state dancing with all his might.
When do you feel completely in the zone and immersed? A flow state where everything seems to click. It could be on the pitch, up a mountain, on the dance floor, or mortar and pestle in hand in the kitchen. It doesn’t have to be ‘worship’ in a conventional sense — but is there a way in which God is present with you in that activity or that you could invite God to join you in appreciating it?
Read Ephesians 1: 3-14
This very instant…
Right here, right now, in the seconds passing this instance we are connected to the great span of eternity through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit! What do you make of that? How does it make you feel about the rest of your day?
Read Matthew 26: 47-56
Let’s try and get into the mindset of Jesus. With divine knowledge and human vulnerability he experienced the passage of time as we do, second by second, knowing he couldn’t just summon angels to rescue him in the blink of an eye. What on earth must that have been like for him?