It’s About Time

“Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1:14‬ ‭

Have you ever wished there were more than 24 hours in a day?

I know I have.

How silly, really.

More hours in the day would mean more stress, more things crammed into already packed to-do lists, more frenzy and chaos to balance.

So as we continue into the creation account, this scene describing the invention of time is profoundly interesting.

Why did God create the sun, moon, and stars? Why did He set up a specific axial tilt for the earth, set up the structure of its orbit, dream up day and night?

After all, He is a Being outside the limits of time and space. He is eternal, and doesn’t need to sleep or take a coffee break. Ever.

We, however, do.

Before humanity came into existence, the Creator was thinking of us. Our needs. Our limitations.

Our pleasure.

That, friends, is Love.

God knew how much we need structure, routine, repetition. Predictable patterns are hugely comforting! He set a limit on day length by giving the earth a defined speed of spin! He knew how susceptible we would be to overwork, so He designated a time of darkness to induce rest.

He designed the 7 day week, with one day for resting. This week length provides a structure for work and play that helps set up balance. (During the French Revolution, they tried to institute a ten day week, to get more work out of their labour force. It was disastrous!) God’s pattern is the best.

He created seasons to help us mark time, too. The rhythm and balance of a yearly growth/rest period are an annual reminder of the importance of rest, of work/life balance.

What good gifts…

How can we honour the God of the calendar as we go about our daily lives?

God is a God of order. He is methodical. He honours and blesses our limits. He gives us beautiful seasons to mark time but also for our enjoyment.

Learn to honour the time we have been given with me?

  1. Get rest. Emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual rest are just as important as getting a good night’s sleep. Know and respect your limitations! Learn to say no. Add something to your schedule each day that will fill your tank and provide sustenance to your spirit as well as your body.
  2. Celebrate milestones. Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, weekends – these are good gifts! God designed Sundays in particular to be days of rest from our labours. Take full advantage!
  3. Pay attention to the seasons. Be energized by the signs of spring! Walk barefoot in the grass and slow down enough to feel the sun in the heat of summer. Marvel at the colours and flavours of fall. Be mindful of the lessons of rest that the sparkling frosts of winter bring. Our seasons help us to mark memories, to measure the year and enjoy the beauty each one displays.
  4. Make your day count. Not by striving more, working harder, cramming more into the schedule, either! Each moment is a gift – even the hard ones. Sink into them. Be alive in them! Don’t wish them away, or wish for more hours than you are given. Seek God in all you do, and He will lead you into His perfect plan for your moment, day, week, month, year, and lifetime.

Father, You knew us before we were even created, and knew what we would need in order to function at full capacity. Thank You for the day/night cycle. Thank You for the moon, which provides the structure for our months. Thank You for the seasons, and their measure of the year. Thank You for the repetition, the practice of daily renewal of blessings as we seek to spend our days serving You well. Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at growing-in-grace.ca, and my poetry is stashed at melodylowes.com. Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and let's grow together!

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