Did you know there are important people in this country that want to get rid of the yearly time changes?! This devastates me. Yes, I know I am a rare woman but I LOVE the time change weekends we encounter twice a year. Although, for one sad night we lose an hour of time in the spring, it brings long days filled of more daylight, warm weather, and usually more gatherings with friends and family. Then, there is that one glorious night where we all get a BONUS hour of time! It seems like this magical day where you get an extra hour as a treat to decide if you are going to stay up later doing something fun or needed to be done or actually use it as an extra hour of sleep. What did you do this weekend? This fall back time change marks the time of year where it gets dark early. It marks the time of year where the weather chills, the days shorten, and we are enticed to shut down for the day early, cozy up under a blanket, light a fire, and just be still and quite. The year, with these two time changes, brings with it a rhythm, a cycle, a purpose.
As we walk with the Lord, I think it is important to remember a cycle of time in the way we spend our lives each day. During certain seasons of our lives God calls us to shine bright, to work long hours, to gather with others, to toil in the heat, to shed our layers and enjoy His light, feeling free, just as we did when we were children in the long days of summer sun. There are also moments where we are called to fall back, to wait, to listen, to stare at the Lord's light for hours as we would a crackling fire just taking Him in! There are moments where we are called to be still just as the world is after a freshly fallen snow and feel the peace of Christ wash over us.
The funny thing about time is that it is always moving, always ticking, always fading away. We spend a lot of time wondering what we will do with it, why we do not have enough of it, when is a change going to come so we can spend it differently, should we spend it differently? We waste a lot of time just worrying about time. Let us instead direct our focus to saving time. How can we save these precious moments we will never get back? By fully trusting God with them.
Turn how we use our precious time each and every day over to God. Trust God with the every single second, and dive into every cycle and season God sends your way. Knowing that in the moments where the toil is long and hard, God has a plan. God is always with you. Know in the moments where you are called to fall back, to sit in darkness, to be still, God is there in that time as well. Saving time involves
And as for that crazy idea of doing away with our time changes in the US, well don't be too surprised if you find out I have been arguing with Congress one day!
"Be careful, then, how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is." (Ephesians 5:15-17).