March 8, 2017

 That’s right! We need to set our

clocks forward [Spring Forward] one hour before going to bed Saturday night. Since we Spring Forward

one hour to accommodate the “Time Change,” one can easily consider it as “losing an hour.” Of course,

we don’t really “lose it,” we just “rearrange it” since we “gain it back” when we return to “Standard Time”

in the Fall. I remember one year when we lived in Mississippi, one of my “preacher friends” and his family lived

about 2 hours away. We hadn’t seen them in quite some time, so they came to visit us one Saturday. We so much

enjoyed the day visiting and “catching up,” and our kids enjoyed playing with their kids, etc. They stayed late at our

insistence, since we hadn’t seen them in awhile. However, as they were leaving [almost at midnight], it dawned on us

that “Daylight Savings Time” began the next day, and we were all going to very soon “lose an hour.” We have been

able to laugh about it since then, but there were two very sleepy preachers in the pulpit the next morning, especially

my friend who still had to drive 2 hours that night after realizing it was the “Spring Forward” time change night.

The Bible has various things to say about TIME. For one thing, the Bible teaches that “Time Waits For No One:”

 James 4:13-14 – “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy

and sell, and make a profit’; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is

even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”

 Psalm 90:10 – “The days of our lives are seventy years [three score and ten]; and if by reason of strength they are eighty

years [four score], yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.”

The very concept of TIME involves movement and change. It is linear. It is ever moving on and on and on…

 An unknown Poet penned these words titled “Time On The Move.”

“When as a child I laughed and wept, Time Crept; When as a youth I laughed and talked, Time Walked; When I became a

full-grown man, Time Ran; When older still I daily grew, Time Flew; Soon I shall find in traveling on, Time Will Be Gone!”

 The wise man [generally believed to be Solomon] said it this way: “…the race is not to the swift, Nor the battle to the strong,

Nor bread to the wise, Nor riches to men of understanding, Nor favor to men of skill; but TIME and chance happen to them

all. No one knows what will happen next…” – Ecc. 9:11-12

Whether “Springing Forward” OR “Falling Back,” OR any TIME in between, may we better understand and live these

words each day: “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom” – Ps. 90:12 [See Ps. 111:10]