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The invention of the mechanical clock allows us to measure time more precisely than days, months, years and seasons, truly revolutionising our lives. Now, we talk of hours, minutes, seconds, and even fractions of second. We could not have the level of co-ordination and co-operation that we take for granted – on a global scale – without such precision. These days, you can win an Olympic gold medal by milliseconds, and nominate an arrival time when travelling overseas.
Years ago, a friend of mine pulled his alarm clock apart to see how it worked. He learned a lot about how clocks worked, but his clock became useless when he couldn’t put it back together. Dismantling the clock didn’t make TIME stand still or even explain what TIME was, but he did get to sleep-in the next morning when his alarm failed to wake him for school.
We depend so much on the technologies we use to tell the TIME, that we forget that TIME is something different from the technologies we use to measure it. We forget that it was God who made TIME possible when He created the universe and our world with cycles, patterns and rhythms that are predictable and can be measured – like clockwork. If everything was random, life would be impossible.
My father in-law recently lost his short term memory – after a heart attack – so the idea of TIME means nothing to him now. He has to live for the moment (literally), because each moment is gone within a few minutes. He finds comfort from wearing a watch, but it has no practical value anymore. He now depends on his family for everything.
Our ability to measure TIME with precision has enabled us to be far more efficient and productive, but there are downsides. The pressures brought on by appointments, deadlines, tight scheduling and even over-scheduling, have made TIME our taskmaster. Consequently, we must make TIME for the people and things that really matter to us. When my daughter had a serious car accident, the use of our TIME was dramatically changed. She became the priority, so other things dropped away.
TIME is also measured in a straight line – with a beginning and an end. Somewhere along that TIMELINE is where we get to live the life that God has given us. Our life consists of the dash between the dates on our tombstone. The Bible says that there is an APPOINTED TIME for everything, and that our TIME is in God’s hands. We can never be sure how long that TIME (dash) will be, but we can make the TIME we have count for something.
Jesus said, “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not remain in darkness.” Follow Him TODAY.
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