Friday, March 17, 2017
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.
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?
Thanks be to God!
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