So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day.
Joshua 10:13Daylight Saving Time.
If you gasped, then I know you're going to be late for church.
Here in the U.S., the practice of setting clocks ahead an hour in the spring and back an hour in the fall was adopted in 1918. The idea was to devote the waking hours of our clocks to optimal sunlight, giving us longer day-lit work and leisure time in the temperate months.
With some of our extended family in states that do not observe Daylight Saving Time, we go through seasons of the year when we have no idea what time it is at a certain grandparent abode or uncle casa. Are they two hours behind or one? An hour ahead or two?
We talk about mastering our time, scheduling our days. We save time. We squander time. We tell each other that time marches on until we say that it flies. It is the unseen byproduct of an unseen phenomenon called gravity. And yet we continue to try to manipulate it and characterize it in human terms.
And we even think it is an absolute.
When the Chilean earthquake occurred just a few weeks ago on February 27th, the magnitude was significant enough to shift the Earth a bit on its axis and to shorten our days by 1.26 millionth of a second. Earthquakes changing time. It's a bit unnerving.
Unnerving because we want to believe time and its continuity, its consistency, is the one constant. Eons, epochs, eras. In uncertain ages, we fight time's effect on us but welcome its routine. It keeps us thinking we have some control, some ability to predict.
But there is only One Constant in the universe.
When He wanted to, God pushed the pause button on Earth and caused a battlefield to stay lit like full noon for a twenty-four hour period, allowing the nation of Israel to defeat their enemies. When He wanted to, God had Hezekiah's shadow go back ten steps, a personalized sign to Hezekiah that God would indeed heal him of his illness. Habakkuk writes of God holding the sun and moon still.
As the Psalmist writes, our times are certainly in His hands.
So we can set and reset our clocks. We can tell ourselves we have made our days longer. We can marvel at the fact that this time yesterday, it was already dark, and here we are at the same time tomorrow with the sun still up.
But the God who created the whole idea of gravity and tectonic plates and orbits and axis and rotation and revolution, He is the holder of our days. And nights. And how long and how short they are.
The Watchmaker indeed.