Reflections: An Unusual Time

Reflections on an Unusual Time by Ian Jones

Gifts can come in strange packages.

No-one would describe the coronavirus as a gift.

And yet, even within the negative packaging of this virus – comes an unexpected gift – ‘TIME’

The one thing we all receive in equal portion.

Prince or Pauper, Rich or Poor – We all are gifted with 24 hours a day.

Rob Parsons, Founder of Care for the Family, when talking about the need to be intentional in slowing down once said

Time – to renew our minds with his promises and his precepts.

We all agreed! – We were all wrong! – It’s here!

I think this is the only time in history, when the UK has been forced to stop all activity, so corporately and so completely.

The majority of us have more time than we could ever have imagined.

Time for what? – To Stand and Stare!

William Henry Davies in his poem ‘Leisure’ points us to nature and then to God’s Crowning Creation – Humanity.

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

1) Time – to stand and appreciate our Father’s creation!


For the choir director: A psalm of David.

1 The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The skies display his craftsmanship.
2 Day after day they continue to speak;
night after night they make him known.
3 They speak without a sound or word;
their voice is never heard.
4 Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
and their words to all the world.

His creation is a feast for the senses. 

The white translucent clouds floating gently against the backdrop of a stunning blue sky.

The joyful song of the robins and blackbirds

The majestic flight of circling hawks. The ease with which they glide higher and higher without flapping.

The beauty of the apple-blossom tree, planted by others for our enjoyment.

The gorgeous blossom of the hawthorn which thrives without a sponsor. God’s planting, resilient and longer lasting in flower than the apple-blossom.

2) Time – to appreciate His Crowning Creation – People.

Our Families and Friends

Old Photo Albums and Videos warming the heart with precious memories.

New ways of communicating with our loved ones, locked behind a screen, unable to hug and hold.

Love Finds a Way.

4 out of 5 Love Languages are still available to us.

AFFIRMING WORDS – a card, a letter, a text,

GIFTS – unexpected flowers or chocolate bar

QUALITY TIME – FaceTime or Phone Call

ACTS OF SERVICE – shopping, putting bins out, a cake.

‘TOUCH’ – Will have to wait – for now.

That hug that speaks a thousand words, that kiss on the cheek?  A pleasure deferred, but they will be all the more precious when they return.

3) Above all – Time With Our Loving Father – who created everything for His and our pleasure.

Time – to renew our minds with his promises and his precepts.

Psalm 19:7-8 New Living Translation (NLT)

7 The instructions of the Lord are perfect,
reviving the soul.
The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
8 The commandments of the Lord are right,
bringing joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are clear,
giving insight for living.

Time – to refresh our spirits with songs of worship and encouragement.

Bethel have a new album called ‘Peace’

(Why not listen on YouTube and let it fill your heart and home).

‘NORMAL’ will return soon enough!

‘BUSY’ the mother of ‘BARREN’ will definitely be back – But only if we let her!

A habit formed now can last a life-time!