By Sam Carlson, a sophomore at Goshen College
Reprinted from Advent Devotionals
In many Western cultures, most focus is placed on the future.
Steps are made toward the future: in science, religion, politics.
You face the future, with the past behind you. The future is a gust of wind rushing toward you to become present – it rolls up and over your shoulders, and suddenly it’s gone.
In the Eastern hemisphere, much more focus is placed on history. The future acts as wind at your back, while history is in your line of vision. You face the past because it’s far more valuable than the future. You’re able to learn much more from the past.
There is a lot to learn from these interpretations of time. We’re often looking toward the future without recognizing the past. In this season of pandemonium and perpetual to-do lists, let us change the way we look at time.
Let us be patient, and turn away from what the future holds.
Guardian of the seasons,
keeper of every time,
tune us to your rhythms
that we may know
the occasion for stillness
and the moment for action.
James 5:7-10 (NRSV)