Coming up on March 13th is Daylight Savings Time. It’s that time each year when you spring forward and lose an hour of sleep. Beware though, if you forget to set your clocks forward one hour at 2 a.m. then you will show up for church late. Now in the Fall you fall back and get one more hour of sleep which is much better! But, are we really gaining or losing any time? No, over the 365 day year we are just adjusting our clocks to make the best use of sunlight. I guess this is so in the summer we can stay out later in the evening and mow the grass in our yard.
But, as I am writing this, yesterday was Leap Day. Every 4 years we add a Leap Day, February 29th, to a Leap Year. It is a special day, a magical day, a bonus day if you will. Anything at all is possible on this day! What did you do with your extra day? Did you travel to exotic places, create a work of art, write a novel, compete in a marathon? Or, were you like me and just did your normal routine like any other day? I am pretty sure most of us just continued with our life as a normal day. Again, it is just a day added to keep our calendars on track with the seasons and the movement of our planet around the sun.
It would be great if there were a bonus type program for life. For each 10 years you live, you get 1 bonus month. Or maybe even if we were given a baker’s dozen of time; for every 12 months you get a free month of time. That would be great, but we all know that is not how this life works. In the book of Job, it states “A man’s days are numbered. You know the number of his months. He cannot live longer than the time You have set.” (Job 14:5) God has set our time and knows the number, just like he knows the number of hairs on our head. We should never take anything for granted. James 4:13-15, says “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.’ Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, say ‘If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.’”
Now, even though we can’t add a day, an hour, or even a minute for that matter to our time here on this Earth, we can redeem the time. Ephesians 5, verse 16 says “making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” Doing God’s will and ministering and witnessing to those God places in our path each day makes the most of our time. We also can know that our time is in our Lord’s hands. The Psalmist of David sings in 31:14-15 “But as for me, I trust in You, Oh Lord, I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 says “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven—
A time to give birth and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
A time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
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.
… He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in (our) heart…”
How are you spending the time God has given you?