Such as: What time is it?
It Isn’t Simple
Everyone knows how to tell time, right? Time is all around us. It’s morning time. It’s lunch time. The nightly news is about over, my eyes are drooping, it’s bedtime. What time is it? We’re pretty confident we know what time it is.
So, what’s the purpose of time? I’m beginning to see that time is a measuring stick, a ruler of sorts. This much is six inches of time. That much is nine inches of time. Easy to follow and understand.
Beyond this though, I’m finding that telling time isn’t as uncomplicated as I first suspected. As an example, I glance at the time and it says, “8:15 am.” This means it’s 8:15 am where I am, but it may not be 8:15 am where you are. This is because there may be some distance between you and me. Therefore I’ve observed that telling time involves some challenges.
Time Has Variety
Challenges can be a puzzle. Time can be puzzling. It takes time to work it out. As a result, beyond being accurate about what time it is, time is characterized by the three types of time that are in play daily. I mean there’s age time, travel time, and fantasy time. Let me explain.
First, age time endeavors to tell us about known history. Grandpa is 77 years old. Grandma won’t say how old she is. The United States of America will celebrate another Independence Day on July 4th. We use “age-time” a lot. I’m sure you’re able to follow me so far.
Second, travel time endeavors to tell us how long it will take to get there from here. Driving to Santa Monica, California from Tucson, Arizona on I-10 takes eight to ten hours depending on the Los Angeles traffic. If you’re in L.A. everywhere is only fifteen minutes away. Hopefully you are able to follow this.
Third, fantasy time combines age time and travel time, at times, and attempts a best guess time. Usually it’s proclaimed experts who suggest a thought process of fantasy time. Light travels at 286,000 miles per second. This means light travels around the earth approximately 7.4 times in one second.
The age of the earth then, is 4 billion 540 million years old. And, although it’s still being debated, because there are a few details to work out, according to my enlightened Grand Canyon tour guide, this gigantic hole is itself somewhere between 6 and 70 million years old. Perhaps you’re not following this?
Speculations About Time
But hang in there because there’s more. As I wrapped my mind around the three types of time, my Pastor said from the pulpit last Sunday, “God invented time.”
Oh my, what does that mean?
According to my minister God said, “Let there be time.” And it was so.
Moreover, God is alive outside of time and inside of time. Time affects us a lot. However, time doesn’t affect God a lot. For instance, God doesn’t age and if we could see God, God would definitely not be wrinkled or gray. Time hasn’t affected God. Are you able to follow this?
Making sense of time is our cross to bear, not God’s. So I wonder (again): what is the purpose of time? What was/is God thinking?
The Time Is
May I make a suggestion? Here’s what I’m thinking: Time’s purpose has individual meaning. Consequently, time for you is different than time is for me. Yet, we both have this brief period called time to do something significant. Such as? Here it is, something significant such as: receiving the one God sent—Jesus. Like: Merry Christmas!
Perhaps Jesus said it best: “The right time has come. The kingdom of God is near. Turn back to God and believe the good news,” Mark 1: 15. These words have ramifications beyond age time, travel time, and fantasy time.
And, this is how to (accurately) tell time.