The relative un-importance of time

This post is inspired by watching the weather Friday evening. Amongst talk about a front coming through that could bring rain and hail we were informed that this weekend is daylight savings time change here in the good old USA. It is someone, somewhere deciding that an arbitrary change in calling what time it is will save everyone money and make everyone happier. NOT!

First, consider that we really don’t know what time it is because there is no absolute standard for when time began (more on that later). Next, it wasn’t until relatively modern times that man became able to measure the passage of time with any great degree of accuracy, Great Britain gets credit for that feat.

When I was a child growing up all of us kids had the knack for telling the time by looking at the sun and a pretty good idea about how much time had passed after sunset. We knew when Ed Sullivan came on TV as well as Flipper, all without using a watch or clock. Modern man has become dependent on “things” to govern their lives. We have become driven to make the most of every minute and every second of our lives.

I am guilty of being one of the worst about being driven to get “nothing” done. That is it in a nutshell. Rushing to get “nothing” done and I confess it hurts me and is not good for me in either the short term or the long term. What about you?

In talking about prayer you hear a lot of people say we need to make “time” to pray. Yesterday I talked about stopping to pray. One definition of stop is “to hinder.” Maybe we should hinder time which nowadays wants to consume us, maybe we should take back control of our lives and not let time dictate the pace of our lives. My “be” trumps “time” and I will stop and pray. Take that time! A friend is blogging about time in her garden. That is “time” in the context of “be-ing.” She has stopped her life to be with her God, to pray and seek Him with her hands, her heart, and her mind. Bless you, you know who you are.

As an example lets go camping for the weekend. Friday afternoon we pull up at the State Park and unload our gear (minimal gear) and set up camp. Now, time does not have a place in our lives, it does not exert its control outside of the general term “day.” Oh, you are required to leave the smartphone, laptop, TV, etc. in the car or at home. You eat when you are hungry, sleep when you are tired and get up when you are darn well ready too (or if someone else has fixed coffee for you and it smells oh so good). Your day is spent doing what you choose to, at you pace. In the evening you sit around a campfire and just “be”. All you have to be able to do and know is that on the third night you need to be back home. And you feel wonderful in having just been you.

Now, let’s put time in its proper context. Genesis 1:1: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. John 1:1-4: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. I scanned the concordance on the word time and the impression was one of now, when something was supposed to be (thee is that word be again). I did not see any places that spoke of hours, or seconds or of anything except God’s Kairos time, His appointed time.

God does not talk about when He created, He said it happened when He happened it. It does not matter what Bulova says, or Timex, or GPS satellites. It’s not down to the micro-second. It happened, that is the fact and nothing else matters. If we make time to pray, that is a fact and seconds and minutes don’t count. we did it.

God has appointed time for you to be in His presence. Actually it is all the time, it is now and now and now. When we wake, when we go through the day, when we end the day and rest, that is God’s time to be. To be who you have been called to be In Christ, His and His alone. When we are His then this world’s time means nothing.


One thought on “The relative un-importance of time

  1. lessonsbyheart

    Thanks for putting into words what Jesus has been trying to teach me lately – that I’m a human “be-ing” and not a human “do-ing!” I’m looking forward to reading your articles!


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