This weekend, we switch to Daylight Saving Time where I live. Originally, it is said to have been enacted to make the most use of sunlight and to conserve energy. I’m not sure how true that may still be; all I know is that I lose an hour’s sleep before Sunday worship!
Someone else, putting a positive spin on the notion of ‘springing ahead’, suggested that instead of thinking of it as losing an hour’s sleep, we should think of it as losing an hour of winter. I can get behind that notion!
All that said, the intentionality of shifting clocks, whether in March or November, makes us think about time. The twenty-four-hour clock was a human invention, enabling us to tell time in some sort of universally accepted manner.
Sometimes, we count down the time, whether it’s on New Year’s Eve or when we get off work or when we retire.
We might anticipate a time when we leave for vacation, or see someone we love. We are all mindful of time.
God is mindful of time, too, though his picture of time is far larger than ours. God can see all time and all space, and knows all things. God doesn’t need to move his clock ahead an hour to see what’s around the corner, or to see the sunrise.
What an amazing God we serve! Why not place your trust in the One who transcends time?
Praise the Lord!
How good to sing praises to our God!
How delightful and how fitting!
The Lord is rebuilding Jerusalem
and bringing the exiles back to Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted
and bandages their wounds.
He counts the stars
and calls them all by name.
How great is our Lord! His power is absolute!
His understanding is beyond comprehension! (Psalm 147.1-5, NLT)
But seriously, you’re not God, so if you’re not in Saskatchewan, turn your clocks ahead an hour on Saturday night, so you show up to Sunday worship on time!