I recently heard about the ‘Accordion of time’. It had been the first time I had heard it, and so set out to investigate its meaning. Many writers allude to time being linear, as we progress through the decades and age increases as enter each coming year. However there is another line of thought that time is not measured as age, but as ‘experiences’ gained which add flavour and substance to the meaning of life. In other words, time is a Gift.
God has been present with each of us through the dawning of our creation. The ‘Ruach Elohim’, the breath of God, has been a constant witness to our development and experience. An accordion has to have movement to produce sound, and in the hands of the accordionist, the instrument can be quick or slow, soft or loud, intricate or mellow. If it does not move it becomes silent. A little like life really. We need to be active in Mind, Body or Spirit to experience the wonders and the pain of the world we are placed.
I am drawn to the imagery of the Accordion of Time for three reasons.
- Firstly, life has to be experienced. Yes, that includes the pain and suffering within ourselves or within the suffering of others. It is only then that we can draw water from the same well, only then can we start to recognize that the tune we are hearing in others is the same tune that is within our hearts and Spirit. We have found a like-minded companion!
- Secondly, life experiences can bring depth to our life. How many time times have we heard it said it is only by experience and facing our fears that we learn to grow. Growing in wisdom is one of the most important aspects of life and faith.
- Thirdly, pay attention to how you live. How often have we heard ‘you only have one life, so make the best of it’. Reflecting on the many baptisms I have conducted in my ministry, if there was one piece of advice I wished I had given to the infants and adults, it is ‘pay attention, …for the people and experiences you will encounter, will teach you how to live’!
So yes, time is a gift, and when I struggle, feel weary or get off track and lose my footing, I reflect on the life experiences I have had good and bad, and cherish them… for each has been a learning experience and have shaped me to become the person I am today.
The Accordion or time expands and contracts all the time, however sooner or later it will run out and the gift of our time and our experiences will be our legacy to others.
My friends as our Accordion of Time plays ….do not waste life, but experience it, embrace it, cry and lament with others, be exhilarated, share the journey with friends and strangers, and expand your horizons to see the Ruach Elohim throughout all Creation.
Expand my horizons Lord, so I may witness the fullness of ‘time’
Focus my thoughts Lord so I may open my heart to the diversity of ‘time’
Deepen my faith Lord, so I may appreciate the gift of ‘time’