There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1 - 8
No where does it say in scripture that on this day, "Spring Forward!" For many of us on this first Monday after we have forced the hands of time forward an hour, we are still struggling to catch up.
Having been one of those Southern Indiana kids that knew the difference between Illinois Time and Indiana Time, time seems to be that one thing that we attempt to control.
Planners are created, schedules are drawn up, and we wind clocks so that we have the correct time. We determine a person's job as being part or full time. We eat at lunch time, and retire at the end of day at bed time.
Why can't I decide when I want to "Spring Forward?"
I'd like to insert that forward motion when I'm waiting for the results of a test. In like manner, I'd "Fall Backwards" when I'm spending time with my grandchildren, or spending what might be the last hour with someone I love.
Unfortunately, it simply doesn't work that way. This morning as I drove into the city I was looking at the sky, and wondering why the sun seems to be in a different location. Children will wonder why they must get up so much earlier to go off to school. And all of us will notice that we seem to be just a little more sluggish the next few days.
I'm thankful for the idea of eternity. Imagine a place where there is no concern about springing or falling for the sake of sunlight. Eternity is that magical measurement of time that doesn't require a schedule or a calendar. It is simply, ALWAYS.
So as you struggle to get going this morning, consider this. You are one hour closer to eternity, and you didn't even realize it!
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2018
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.