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.
So, trying to impress my wife that I was a responsible gentleman, I went around and turned all the clocks ahead one hour.
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.
When it came time to go to bed, I noticed that I was not very tired and 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.”
“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 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?”
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 very 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.
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 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The church web site is www.whatafellowship.com.