Monday, March 9, 2009

Time Change

Did you remember to spring forward? Did you lose an hour of sleep or did you sleep in yesterday?

I woke up earlier than usual. I don’t feel like I missed anything yesterday.

Mankind has been adjusting the clock for centuries. Though Daylight Saving Time is controversial, those of us who live in a state which observe it, we must abide by it. Or be late everywhere we go. We do have the option to move to an area where it is not observed. From my understanding there were several reasons for instituting DST such as to standardize the train schedules and more daylight hours when most people were out and about.

Well that puts me in the minority group of people. I love the mornings. Now that means when I go out to exercise in the mornings, I must go out in the dark for a while until the sun stays out longer. This is an inconvenience for me. However, for my son who plays baseball, this works out great. Now they can practice longer and when regular season starts in a few weeks, no need for the organization to pay for lights (except for late games).

God created time for us. He decides how many hours of daylight and darkness we have each day. Governments may move it around a bit for us. Ultimately though, the Lord controls it all. When Joshua needed more daylight to win the battle, the Lord gave him more daylight. (Read Joshua 10.) There’s never been a day like that since.

But there is a time for everything. We must adjust ourselves to the times and seasons. Solomon wrote about that in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:

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,

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. (NIV)

Therefore, let’s see if we can adjust to the time change—with a good attitude. Let’s set ourselves apart from others who complain about making the change. We can remember there is a time for everything.

Engrafted by His Grace--

1 gracious comments:

Leah said...

That's a good word, friend. I love the longer days. I can, however, commiserate with the fact that you cannot exercise in the daylight. I'm in the same boat on Sundays. Maybe it won't be for too much longer.