So they used a different word, ‘kairos’, to describe the right moment for something. Aristotle identified the point in an argument when the proof should be presented as the ‘kairos’ moment. Chronos is the quantity of time; kairos is the quality of time – time pregnant with purpose.
The early Christians used the word 'kairos' to identify God’s appointed moment in history. Jesus came on the scene announcing ‘Kairos - It’s time! God’s kingdom is here! - Gospel of Mark 1:15. That announcement echoed Isaiah's prophecy (Isaiah 49:8) of God bringing Israel home from exile in the (kairos) time of God's favor after their disciplinary 'time out' in Babylon. Paul writes that now, today, is the kairos moment for us to respond to God (2 Corinthians 6:2). This very moment is 'the nick of time' for some thing where God wants to intesect our chronos with divine purpose.
It takes wisdom or highly tuned intuition to discern the significance of any moment. And that’s where ambiguity comes in. Qoheleth, the narrator of Ecclesiastes famously observed in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 that life presents us with timely opportunities for contrasting things:
a right time for everything on the earth:
A right time for birth and another for death,
A right time to plant and another to reap,
A right time to kill and another to heal,
A right time to destroy and another to construct,
A right time to cry and another to laugh,
A right time to lament and another to cheer,
A right time to make love and another to abstain,
A right time to embrace and another to part,
A right time to search and another to count your losses,
A right time to hold on and another to let go,
A right time to rip out and another to mend,
A right time to shut up and another to speak up,
A right time to love and another to hate,
A right time to wage war and another to make peace.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will direct your paths.
Chronos - Lavrushin - Artween
Fetus - Unknown, ubiquitous on the Internet
Seed Pod - Tiffany Svennson
Evan Almighty - Universal Pictures