Monday, January 21, 2013

Time: God's Gift to You

What an incredible experience it would be to travel back and forth through time. 
Albert Einstein theorized,  "The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once." What a chaotic kaleidoscopic imagery that conjures up in the mind. 

The truth is that God created time for man in order for him to be able to exist upon this planet. Day and night happens because the earth turns on its axis once every 23 hours, 56 minutes, and 4.1005 seconds, and it orbits the Sun once every 365 days, 6 hours, 9 minutes, and 9.7676 seconds. 

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.” Genesis 1:1-5

We have made our clocks to indicate the same time of day after a period of 24 hours. Where we live upon the earth affects the amount of time that we are actually living in daylight. There are 4 minutes a day affected by this complex mathematical anomaly of physics, or discrepancy, and that adds up to an hour every 15 days, or 2 hours every month, or 24 hours in a year. 

The Reality is that Time is Precious

Time...measurable precious time. We can get stressed out and feel driven and rushed because we don't have enough of it. We can be depressed because time moves too slowly, and for many, sleep is a way to not have to be awake to face the pain of another long day. 

We sometimes feel bored and irritated because we have time and cannot find anything fun or meaningful to do with it. Too much time, not enough time, time passing to fast, time passing too slow, borrowed time, stealing time....
If we could Travel through Time

There is something very intriguing about the idea of navigating through time at will that tugs at our curiosity. To have a chance to go back and fix a tragic mistake made in the past that has dogged our conscience, or to make right a wrong that has hurt someone deeply is very appealing.

Time Travel to the Past

Many of us have read the HG Wells classic, The Time Machine, and most of us have seen Michael J Fox trilogy, Back to the Future. What if right now, this very moment, you could go back in time to a quiet place.  Where would you choose to go and why? Does an image dance across the mirror of your memory? Is it a certain place? Do you see the face of a particular person? 

Maybe you are at bat in a baseball game and it is the top of the 9th with bases loaded. The count is 3 balls and 2 strikes…the next pitch decides the game and it is your moment...... 

Whatever place you might have gone to in your memory just now had some significant meaning to you, and like a laser beam, it drew you back to reflect. Would you change anything, or bask in the tender moment of a cherished memory one more time?

Time Travel to the Future

It is just as intriguing to contemplate the fascinating wonder of time travel into the future. It would seem incredible and highly tempting to have the option to prepare with utmost care today, for what we are certain is coming our way tomorrow. 

Consider the possibilities of great power and success to put the plan together and with certainly, know that you would pull it off. You would always have the edge. You could fix things so that you would always be assured of that promotion because you would have prepared for every problem with a contingency strategy should one not work out as planned. 

However, the lie of Satan that knowledge and autonomy would give us godlike powers is still the same old lie. Our Sovereign creator has chosen for we who are finite, to have no complete control over anything but our free will. That alone is under our control. Satan's target is our mind, his weapon is to cause us to doubt God, his purpose is to cause us to be out of God's will, and our weapon is Truth...the inspired Word of God. If God thought it best for us to know everything about tomorrow He would have created us to be able to know it. Instead, His Word says,

"So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble" Matthew 6:34 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Time is in God's Hands Alone

We may not do as well as we think, if we had such a powerful edge on life. Only God is Omniscient and knows all things. It is important to remember that some events have moved through time on a specific schedule to meet us at a certain time and a certain place…..a Quiet Place, where time catches its breath and we are suspended in a moment of decision. Destiny waits in the wings of our choice, as angels gather near in silent anticipation. A crossroads moment in time, and we do not have any way of guaranteeing the outcome…only God knows. 
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens ." Ecclesiastes 3:1  

Learning to Live in the Present

Think of it…God has an infinite plan for our lives. A plan that each day leads us down a pathway that will not only impact our own  life, but create the opportunity to meet specific people and thus literally influence the rest of their lives and perhaps their eternal destiny. What an adventure and privilege we have to play such a vital part in unfolding time with the Eternal Sovereign God of the Universe. 

Letting Time Drift By

There is another kind of time travel that is far less dramatic; a kind of time travel that robs us of the wonder and mystery of living life in the present each day. It happens in a micro-second and is brought on by a myriad of internal and external influences. We might be engaged in a spirited conversation with someone, or reading our favorite author, or about to turn into our driveway to be home with our cherished family at the end of a long and tiring day, and it happens….  

The Subtle Drift to the Past

There are times when our focus dims, we are distracted, and we can find ourselves traveling back through time to relive a painful experience in our past. Often when we have gone there, we remember some bad decision, mistake, a sinful act, a broken relationship or a cherished dream that was shattered. Some of the emotions that can tumble forth with an intense kaleidoscope of feelings are guilt, anger, fear and sometimes profound grief. Once back there, life may only  be filled with, “If only I would have….” or  “Why didn’t they just,… or “I wish I could have..."

Reliving the Past

To live in the past drains our concentration so that we cease to have the precious resources that we need to live life in the present. To our partner we can seem far away, to our friends and family we may seem distant and bored, and at work we stray off task and come across with an attitude that says “I just don’t care about my job anymore.” These sentiments may not be true, but as a time traveler we may unintentionally come across that way.

Anxiety about the Future

In the blink of an eye, we can bounce right over the present and into the future and we are suddenly flooded with feelings of stress and anxiety. We try to figure out how we will find the resources to handle the responsibilities of the future. The unknown can feel as if it is sucking the very oxygen from our lungs, which can lead us to have unsubstantiated panic filled thoughts, that can cause us to be tempted to create scenarios in our minds that may never even happen.

Trying to Fix the Future before it Happens 

We can suddenly be plagued with anxious dread filled thoughts that cry out to be answered, “Why don’t they….” or “He just can’t do that….” or “If that happens, we are literally in big trouble, we will lose everything…” It isn’t easy to live with the regrets of yesterday, or the fears we may  have about tomorrow.

Creating Fantasies about the Future
We can also find ourselves time traveling to the future by daydreaming a kind of ideal life that would seemingly solve our problems and make us happy. “If only we had more money…” or “If only I would get that promotion….” or “If only I could meet that special person to love me and take care of me…” Getting stuck in such thinking is understandable, but it is a set-up for disappointment, for reality never quite measures up to any fantasy.

Time... a gift to us from God

The reality is that life is whatever regrets we may have that have happened in the past can shackle us, or motivate us to do things differntly today. 

God Regulates and Controls Time
And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day. Genesis 1:14-19

Let's Give back to God a Gift that keeps on Giving


"So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom." Psalm 90:12