I just so happened that I momentarily woke up early Sunday morning and looked at the clock on my phone. It read 1:58 a.m.
In two minutes, precisely at 2:00 a.m., I knew that Daylight Savings Time would adjust and we would “spring forward” and it would be 3:00 a.m.
One of my thoughts was, “How will that work on my phone? I know it automatically adjusts, but will it display 2:00 a.m. first and then adjust, or just go directly from 1:59 a.m. to 3:00 a.m.?”
But wait. How can that be? What happens to that hour? Is it just lost time? What about people on the clock at that moment working through the night? Do they get paid for one less hour?
As if nothing out of the ordinary was happening, the clock on my phone proceeded from 1:59 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. And in my deep thoughts I fell back to sleep, praying to God that he could handle my questions better than I could.
Whether your clock adjusted automatically or you needed to pull it down from the wall and adjust the little black dial in the back, an hour disappeared. It was a 23-hour day for many of us.
And the ramifications?
I still need to reset the timer on my lawn sprinkler system, I think. And maybe you experienced a glitch at home or work. But for the most part, our technology has become so automated in adjusting to Daylight Savings Time that it’s seamless.
Better yet, our clocks and calendars don’t tell God what to do, can’t limit him, and aren’t confusing to him as he wonders if Daylight Savings Time is ending or beginning.
God tells time how fast to tick. God designed the orbit schedule of the earth and all planets, the sun, moon and stars. God fills time with his endless faithfulness. God’s promises do not depend on our agenda, task lists or deadlines.
At CrossLife Church we like to say, “God is good. All the time.”
“God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8).
PRAYER: Eternal God, time is in your hands and it is never wasted or lost. Bless this day and every hour and minute, so that I use it for good. Even as you are good—all the time. Amen.
FURTHER MEDITATION: Search for the word “time” in your Bible app and notice how often it appears in different themes about God’s faithfulness such as: God’s faithfulness during hard times, at the right time, and many times.