In the sanctifying of time and space seen in Revelation 4, there is an interesting difference in the two celebrations.
Whenever the Living Creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
Notice that both teams focus on glory and honor, but when the four Living Creatures celebrated God’s dominion over time, they drilled down on their gratitude and when the focus was space, the issue was power.
This is an interesting dynamic for our response to God as we observe Him aligning time/space for us.
Yesterday I flew into an international airport. There were at least 500 people ahead of me in the main line for immigration. Just before I arrived at the end of the line, someone opened a new section, waved us in and there were only a dozen or so people ahead of me when I entered that line.
Time/space were both in play, but my emotion went to gratitude for the time saved.
When I arrived at the hotel, I was placed in a room closest to the elevator. This in spite of the fact that there had been an email from a real person at the hotel (not from a computer) asking what I wanted during my stay, and I stipulated a quiet room far from the elevator and ice machine.
She wrote back confirming the request, assuring me it would be done.
And it wasn’t.
So I am now in a space that is exactly, precisely, what I did NOT want.
The probability of this being incompetence on the part of the hotel is very low.
The probability of this being the God of time and space overriding all of the careful systems the hotel has in place, is very high.
And if He put me here, it is most likely for power. There is something I am supposed to receive, or something I can see from this window, or something I can clean up or imprint.
Currently I am leaning toward it being a deposit I am supposed to leave for the person who is here after me, but am not sure.
There is another option and that is connecting with the lady who wrote the email confirming my request. Maybe we need to meet face to face (in the same space) for some reason.
I will have to decide before I leave for the day, whether to drop her an email to see what happened, or to leave things alone and focus on finding the power play in this room.
So time and space – interrelated, but each with its own tone.
Currently, when I watch God align time, I celebrate. When I watch Him align space, I look for the power play that is possible.
But then, I am brand new at this game, so I might see this verse quite differently 100 blogs from now!