Chang­ing time? What time is it, really?

Record Observer - - Religion -

When it comes to cer­tain things, I am quite a bit con­fused. One thing has to do with time. What I want to know, what time is it?

I do not know why time can­not be the same for ev­ery­body. Af­ter all, ev­ery­body is squirm­ing about equal rights. Why can’t we have equal time rights? Why do we have to split it up so much?

If that is not enough, we have this idea of chang­ing the time. Who in the world came up with such a stupid idea? You turn the clock ahead one hour and then a cou­ple months later you turn it back one hour. What good does that ac­com­plish?

It is like giv­ing some­body a dol­lar and then six months later tak­ing that dol­lar back. What ex­actly is going on? It just does not really make sense to me.

It has taken me quite a while to get ad­justed to this idea of “Spring For­ward” and “Fall Back­ward.” I get the idea fall­ing back­wards, but I do not know what it means to spring for­ward. More­over, why can’t we spring back­ward and fall for­ward one year? Af­ter all, there is this is­sue of equal rights.

It has taken me a while to get ad­justed to these kinds of time changes.

One year I re­mem­ber rather well when I got ev­ery­thing con­fused. I thought I would take control and not tell the Gra­cious Mis­tress of the Par­son­age that I was going to change the clocks. I wanted it to be a sur­prise for her.

Of course, I put things off to the last minute and usu­ally get into trou­ble. I put this off to the last minute not know­ing that my wife had al­ready turned the clocks ahead. So, try­ing to im­press the good lady of the par­son­age that I was a re­spon­si­ble gen­tle­man, I went around and turned all the clocks ahead one hour.

Some peo­ple say when you get older you for­get a lot. I have been for­get­ting a lot all my life.

A few hours later, af­ter set­ting the clock for­ward an hour, I could not re­mem­ber if I really set the clock for­ward. So, very qui­etly I went around and set all of the clocks for­ward one hour. This was on a Satur­day night. I thought I would really sur­prise my wife with re­mem­ber­ing to set the clocks for­ward.

That night when it came time to go to bed, I no­ticed that I was not very tired. I try to go to bed by 11 o’clock each night, but this night I just could not even yawn.

“I think,” I told my wife, “I’ve had too much cof­fee to­day. I just don’t feel sleepy.”

She looked at the clock, scratched her head and said, “I don’t feel sleepy either.”

What do you do when it is time to go to bed and you do not feel sleepy but you know you have to go to bed or you will not get up on time in the morn­ing. And church ser­vices were in the morn­ing.

“Well,” my wife look­ing at me rather strange, “we bet­ter go to bed or we will not be able to get up in the morn­ing. And we can’t be late for church.”

It was a lit­tle af­ter 11 when I got to bed and my eyes just would not close. I closed them and they would snap open right away. I tried count­ing sheep. By the time I got to 10,978 sheep, I was just as awake as be­fore. What do you do with that many sheep?

Even­tu­ally I must have fallen asleep be­cause sud­denly I heard the alarm clock going off. It was eight o’clock and we had to hurry to get dressed in or­der to get to the church on time. We were so late that we did not have an op­por­tu­nity to have break­fast, but I snatched a cup of cof­fee any­way and took it along with me.

We got to the church on time, at least ac­cord­ing to our clock, and waited for peo­ple to come. No­body showed up and I was get­ting rather antsy. I turned to my wife and said, “This is Sun­day isn’t it?”

Our church ser­vice starts at 10:30 a.m., by 11 o’clock no­body had come. At 12 o’clock noon, we de­cided some­thing had gone wrong and started clos­ing up the church to go home.

As soon as we locked up the church, the cars started pulling in and we were rather con­fused. Why was ev­ery­body so late?

My wife looked at me and said rather strangely, “Did you turn the clock ahead one hour last night?”

“Yes,” I said ver y proudly, “I turned the clock ahead one hour just as we’re sup­posed to.”

My wife just stared at me and said, “So did I.”

We tried to fig­ure out why our clocks were two hours ahead of ev­ery­body else.

When you are sup­posed to turn the clock ahead one hour and you end up turn­ing it ahead three hours, a lot of con­fu­sion can hap­pen.

It is hard to know what time it really is, which is why I like what Paul said. “And that, know­ing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our sal­va­tion nearer than when we be­lieved” (Ro­mans 13:11).

Wait­ing on God’s time is the wis­est use of our time know­ing that he has all things in hand.

Dr. James L. Sny­der is pas­tor of the Fam­ily of God Fel­low­ship, 1471 Pine Road, Ocala, FL 34472. He lives with his wife in Sil­ver Springs Shores. Call him at 352-687-4240 or email jamess­ny­ The church web­site is www. whatafel­low­

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