BBC Radio Leicester Thought for the Day

© John Denney 3 August 2005

Time

 

A couple of nights ago, I was working on a pet project of mine.  I was so engrossed, I didn’t realise the time.  I glanced at my watch and was astonished to find it was two o’clock in the morning.  Like they say, doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?  Many years ago, I thought I’d better find out what Einstein was all about, so I had a bash at both his Special and General Theories of Relativity.  I was intrigued by one of his observations: When you sit with a nice girl for two hours, it seems like two minutes. When you sit on a hot stove for two minutes, it seems like two hours[1].  That’s relativity!

 

Life today seems always to be in a rush.  Appointments, deadlines, timetables.  There doesn’t seem time to “stand and stare[2]” these days.  We’re always pressured to get things done on time.  And some things have jolly well got to be done on time.  Maybe you’ve heard the story about Cecil B. de Mille when he was filming the parting of the Red Sea in the epic film The Ten Commandments.  The scene was set, the thousands of extras and hundreds of horses were ready, the machinery for the parting of the waters was primed.  Three cameras were set up to make sure the vast amount of money that the scene cost would not be wasted.  “Action,” shouted de Mille.  And everything worked perfectly.  De Mille turned to camera 1.  “Sorry, there was a hair in the gate”.  “Camera 2?”   “Sorry, one of the horses knocked the camera over half way through the scene”.  “What about you, camera 3?”  “Ready when you are, Mr De Mille”.

 

The Bible tells us that God’s time perspectives are rather different from ours.  With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.[3]  God is outside of the prison of time, while we are slaves to the ticking of the clock.  Perhaps we should take a leaf out of God’s book.  He says: Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.[4]

 

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[1] Special Theory of Relativity

[2]From  “Leisure” by William Henry Davies

[3] 2 Peter 3:8 NIV

[4] Matthew 6:34 MSG