I am in New Harmony, IN again this evening – having just returned from a business dinner with someone who works out of Mt. Vernon – just about a dozen miles down the road. I finished teaching in St. Charles, MO early this afternoon and then hung around the hotel for a while before heading out to my next destination. Usually when I change time zones, I am in the air flying somewhere so I have a habit of adjusting my watch to the new time zone on take-off. This gives me time to adjust to the change and by the time I get to my destination, I am good to go.
However, this trip, I went by car. That sounds fine, and I changed my watch, but the car clock on the dash and the navigation system were all on eastern time. I was constantly trying to figure out what time it really was. I was afraid of being early or late for appointments and one of the things I always wrestle with is what time I head to bed. Just now I glanced at the clock on my computer as I am writing and sure enough, it is on eastern time when I am in the central time zone. So I feel a little pressure to get this done in the next several minutes or else I will get notes asking me why I am posting so late. But where I am, I still have an hour before deadline. This is just one of the issues I deal with whenever I travel.
Anyway, I was driving back east late this afternoon and I had to set up a dinner appointment. I looked at the dashboard clock and mis-judged my arrival by an hour. So, better early than late, I was able to check into the hotel and get my stuff into my room before dinner. But it still bothered me that I kept having trouble judging the “real” time. I was even reminded of the time when Dad took us on a trip to Williamsburg and was wrong on the time for a meeting – he was out in the motel driveway waiting for a ride an hour early. Later, the business people all laughed about it, but I remember that day like it was yesterday – Dad was pretty embarrassed.
The Scripture is full of references to the time and the hour. Jesus lets us know that nobody except the Father knows the correct time that Jesus will return to to us. And there are many other places that mankind doesn’t know the time that certain things will happen according to God’s perfect timing. The verse for this evening is from Rev 3:3, “Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.” My encouragement this evening is that God pays attention to time in the earthly sense, but in heaven, time doesn’t really mean anything. After all, God has all the time in the world. My prayer is that you will always be cognizant of time and how important it is to use our time to serve God. Have a great day in the Lord, grace and peace…