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Looking Out My Window – Redeeming The Time

Are you ready to Spring Ahead!? Looking Out My Window today I’m pondering the clock change for Saturday March 12th.  Before heading to bed  on Saturday, spring your clock ahead by one hour. The changing of the clock always signifies the start of spring, no matter what a groundhog may have said a few weeks ago. Springing the clock ahead also means we will lose one hour of sleep. We won’t get it back until fall! If you could reclaim the hour lost, what would you do with it? If you could somehow keep the hour, while at the same time move into daylight savings time, what would you do with the hour? Many people might say sleep, while others would say work. What about spending time with family? Would that be a good way to spend the hour?

We live in a day and age where many people burn the candle at both ends. As soon as someone discovered how to light up the night, the workday suddenly got longer. With light at night, there was suddenly no reason to stop work. Of course burning the candle at both ends is not a good place to find oneself. Burning the candle at both ends results in what Doctors call burn-out. Now knowing we are losing one hour during the overnight on Saturday, maybe we should look again at how we spend Saturday. Could it be we should spend an extra hour with family? An extra hour doing something to relax? Or an extra hour trying to cram more work time in?

For Star Trek fans maybe a better way to look at time is connected to what’s called the space-time continuum. In science the space-time continuum refers to a combination of both space and time interwoven into a single continuum where everything happens at the same time. Star Trek also emphasized the fact that one should never travel back in time as one single changed event could have a disastrous effect on the space-time continuum changing history forever! Of course it never seemed to stop Captain Janeway on the Starship Voyageur from messing with history.

Here on earth we are bound by time. We see time is linear which locks us into a particular set time. In order to spring ahead and change to daylight savings time, we need to physically change the clock one hour ahead. While we’re not actually experiencing events in that hour, and while in reality we are not adding an hour to the day or taking an hour away from a day, we do lose one hour of sleep.

Does time ever truly stand still? In the Old Testament book of Joshua we read “The sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies. There was no day like that before it or after it” (Joshua 10:13-14). In this passage God was responding to Joshua’s request for victory over the nation of Israel’s enemies. In order to do so, God stopped time and gave them more daylight to pursue their victory.

Can God still make time stand still for us today? Maybe? Maybe not. But we can rest assured He will help us redeem the time. Paul writes in Colossians 4:5, “walk in wisdom and redeem the time”. I’ve often said the longer I spend in ministry the more I realize our spiritual walk is called a journey for a reason. There are many things that can knock us off course which in turn can cause regrets or other feelings depending on the situation. However, the good news is, no matter what the situation, when we walk in wisdom, God can help us redeem the time and do better as we journey through this thing we call life.

Looking Out My Window is a regular column in the Northumberland Today newspaper located in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada.

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