Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Taking a Leap

I am reminded today (Leap Day) how the “earthlings” are trying to keep time from getting away from them. The expression “time flies” is apparently not just an idiom, but a scientific fact. Thus, every four years they attempt to slow it down. In a few weeks, there will be another attempt to tinker with time, as 'they' try to get more sunlight out of a day by turning the clock forward (daylight savings).

Messing with time is not entirely without reason. Who has not wished, when he is going through hard times, he could just speed it up. Or, conversely, when life is sweet, who has not wished he could just stop the clock, and stay there indefinitely. But of course ‘time’ is out of our control, and entirely under God’s. The One who created time uses it very deliberately to accomplish his purposes, e.g., "in the fullness of time, God sent His son" (Gal. 4:4).

By way of time, faith grows in us—by “faith and patience, we receive God’s promises” (Heb. 6:12, 15). I guess you could say that when we submit to God’s work in us, “time is on our side.” Of course that is not easy to believe. It requires faith to trust His timing when it looks like time is running out. Perhaps at those times (hopefully not once every four years), we will need to take a leap of faith.

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