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.
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.
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.
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......
Time Travel to the Future
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,
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
Letting Time Drift By
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
Creating Fantasies about the Future
Time... a gift to us from God
The reality is that life is now...today...and whatever regrets we may have that have happened in the past can shackle us, or motivate us to do things differntly today.