Friday, March 17, 2017

Timeless


Hebrews 13:8
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Last weekend marks the beginning of Daylight Savings time for many of us living in the States.  Spring Forward!  They glibly tell us.  Set those clocks ahead by an hour on Saturday night!

Thus begins, for me, an entire week of feeling jet-lagged.  It doesn't help that I've just gotten over the worst of an illness, the hallmark of which has me up repeatedly during the night, causing me to have to nap (a rarity for me) at some point during the day.  And never mind that I abhor having to get out of bed when it's still dark outside.

Although the springing forward business has always been tough for me to adjust to, this one has been the hardest I can recall.  Even as I compose this post on Wednesday, a good four days into the time change, I am so tempted to retreat to the couch, pull the cozy afghan up to my chin, and slip into a blissful snooze.

>Sigh<

Instead, I pour myself a tall glass of iced coffee, hoping the caffeine will catapult me out of this stupor, and I continue to wonder why anyone in their right mind would invent time changes in the first place.

Don't our bodies function best when following our natural rhythms?  Why mess with that?  When we "lose" an hour of sleep, doesn't that make us less alert and productive at our jobs?  And what about the children, like my grand-girls, who are on a firm bedtime/wake-up schedule?  Doesn't that make for some bleary-eyed zombies at the school bus stops?

Yes, I know.  Eventually, we will all make the needed adjustments, as loathe as we may be to do so.  Still, it's inconvenient.  It's unnecessary.

And it's a royal pain.

But in all the tiring, tiresome time change issue, I'm grateful for and comforted by this one thing:  God is timeless.

Jesus, our Lord, is the same yesterday and today and forever.  For all eternity.

And in light of that eternity, what does the loss of one hour's sleep matter?

It doesn't.

Thanks be to God!

Amen!

20 comments:

  1. I vote for eliminating this messy time change. Me on feeling all off for a full week afterwards. And I have been napping a little more this week too. Great spiritual correlation lesson too. Thanks Martha. Hope you keep getting better.

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    1. I'm so glad you could relate, Jean, and that I'm not the only one bothered by the time change. Yes, I'm feeling much better this week - still not as much energy as I would wish, but I know it will return soon.
      Love and blessings!

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  2. I would like to keep the time on daylight savings time, and have the longer evenings with daylight...but alas! The seasons change and the moon and sun positions in the sky shift with the equinox or whatever...and so man invented the daylight savings time to adapt. Anyway, I agree...It takes a full week to adjust...and I just woke up from a nap. Yawn!!! Yes, so thankful that God is timeless...He never changes!!

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    1. Pam, I'm glad to know I'm not the only one napping as of late, and that it takes you a week to adjust, too. Maybe it's like that for most folks?
      Yes, I'd love to keep on either one time or the other, but not ever switch between them. It is a hassle, that's for sure.
      That God never changes? Now that's a comfort, indeed!
      Love and blessings!

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  3. I am with you all the way. Boo, d.s.t.!

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    1. Amen, Ed! Thanks for dropping by today - I miss your posts on Facebook, but as you may know, I gave social media up for Lent. It isn't easy, but I'm managing!
      Love and blessings, and stay in touch!

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  4. Martha, I'm the oddity, it appears. For some reason losing an hour of sleep wasn't as hard on me as gaining the hour in the fall. Hmm...mysterious... Keep in mind, I'm an early bird--a very early--early bird most days. I rather liked it getting light earlier in the morning. Slowly I'm adapting to having it light later in the evening.

    Nevertheless, I'm for not having the time changes twice a year--pick one way and stay with it.

    Love and blessings!

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    1. I wish I was more like you, Kim, and could adjust to the time change. Also, I used to be an "early bird," getting up between 5:30 and 6; not any more! Lol!
      But yes, let's choose one time and stick with it.
      Love and blessings!

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  5. Hi Martha! I don't like the whole 'spring ahead' thing either. Why take sleep from me? I adjust pretty well, but I sure don't like the cut-back rest. I hope that by now you are feeling a little more like yourself. (Not much of a birthday gift for you, is it?)
    But I love how your thoughts turned to the timelessness of God. He is always here, always with us, always the same. So hard to wrap my head around, but completely true. It is so comforting to know that in any situation, he is over all. May he bring you the rest and refreshment you need.
    Blessings,
    Ceil

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    1. Yes, Ceil, it is such a comfort knowing our God is timeless. Like you, I have a most difficult time wrapping my head around that concept (maybe that's one we'll never fully understand, and that's okay).
      And yes, I'm feeling fully recovered at this point, a week later, and life is rolling along much more smoothly now.
      Love and blessings!

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  6. I'm with you. Why do we do this? Whatever the original reasoning, does it still apply? Seems like an annoyance both times to adjust. And it's hard on kids.

    But you are right. The fact that we can play with "time" so easily highlights its unreality--we make it up and then we mess with it. Meanwhile, the sun keeps rising and setting, and the moon keeps waxing and waning, and the stars keep twinkling, all oblivious to the manipulations we make with man-made time.

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    1. Galen, I love what you said about time being the unreality that it is; if it weren't, how could we be so frivolous as to mess with it? As I said to Ceil in the former comment, I've finally adjusted to the change, but as predicted, it took an entire week. Not fun!
      Maybe someone will have the brilliant idea to do away with time changes altogether, and we can simply be content with the one time.
      Love and blessings!

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  7. I grew up in PA so DST was a constant. It is funny hearing the Indiana people complain and gripe about it. I see it as a fact of life that I need to accept. Sort of like Jesus being the Light of the World. What better way to see!

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    1. Now that you put it that way, Bill, it makes me feel that much better about the whole DST. Jesus is the Light of the World, and we'd do best to always keep that knowledge in the forefront.
      Love and blessings!

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  8. Martha, I'm with most of your readers: get rid of the time change! I love how you "readjust" by focusing on the timelessness of our great God.
    Blessings, sweet sister!

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    1. Yes, and that's for sure, Beckie! Let's simply do away with it altogether.
      Thank goodness, our God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Counting on Him, we can never fail.
      Love and blessings!

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  9. Amen, to remembering God is timeless. I've been studying the O.T. lately and it has been very humbling to think of the ways we as a society ignore so many of God's truths. Clinging to His faithfulness in the midst of change and fatigue! Blessings my friend!

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    1. Thank you, Deb! I just made a comment to someone else on her blog about the richness and endless presence of God's love in the O. T. And sadly, so many in society do ignore God's truths - it's why our culture is in the fix it's in, of that I'm sure. His love and His mercy are timeless!
      Love and blessings!

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  10. I am with you on the time change! Leave well enough alone! I confess that the day before, I changed the clocks in the afternoon and went to bed an hour early, but still, it was hard. I agree with you, its time to change it back to the way it was and just follow the rhythm of the season, as God has made it!

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    1. Oh, my goodness, Marilyn, we did the same thing!!! It still didn't help, and I've yet to figure out why.
      I agree that we should choose one time, and simply stick with it. Enough with the finagling!
      Love and blessings!

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