A few years ago I worked as a biblical resident for a church. The goal of this position was to develop, launch, and teach for the young adults group. Our teams first task was to create a name for our soon to be group. The name had to have force and explain exactly who we were and what to expect. We had a long list of names and eventually we decided on the name… KYROS.
The name we chose was derived from a Greek word. The word in Greek is written as kairos… but we were forced to spell it wrong. Our groups name was Kyros. This word means time. There are a few words that mean time in Greek, but this word is a bit special. It refers to an appointed time or a special season and as young adults we were all (mostly) in the special kyros of time known as college.
This word, even if it was spelled wrong, has meaning for any period of life. Each season of life can be a kairos. This word is not generic for time instead, it refers to a special time appointed by God. It is a time when God is at work, when He is moving, and when He is active in our life. This kairos happens in seasons of change. Maybe a decision is being made, a marriage is started, or something more broad like a season of learning, season of dating, season of work, or a season of retirement.
In any season or time of life, we can see God at work. We can see his hand in our lives and we know he is guiding us forward. We can look to our own lives and see how God has been at work and trust that He won’t betray His character in the future. Maybe you haven’t seen God at work in your own life and those are the times to look toward scripture and see how he was faithful in the past. As we begin to change our thinking we will begin to see God move not just in the past and not just for others but for us. Then we can begin trust in His plan and kairos.
Often times we think we know what is best. We have a plan. Maybe it’s a career track, a claim that you’ll be married by 27, or that you’ll buy a house in the next year. What happens when those plans fall through? How do you reconcile your plan with reality? The only way I know of is to give up control and to trust God in every kairos.