24.3.06

23 Hours

Don't forget the clocks go forward this Sunday!

This Sunday, in the UK at least, will only have 23 hours. To mark the start of British Summer Time, the hour between 1am and 2am on Sunday morning ceases to exist. This means 1 hour less sleep, and more importantly that you need to remember to set your watches forwards an hour to avoid turning up at the meeting an hour late!

This got me thinking. Something that has stuck me before, is that there are very few constant periods of time. Not every year has 365 days, not every day has 24 hours; the months certainly aren't constant. But one thing is always constant: there are always seven days in the week. It is something which man has never messed with, no matter how out of sinc the rest of the solar, lunar, daily times get, Sunday always follows from Saturday, week after week, month after month, year after year, century after century, millennium after millennium. It is an eternal sign. Decimalisation has never dared to change it to ten days. Even the Romans when they reinvented the calendar from the lunar system to the present system of months, didn't dare to change the seven day week.

It is an eternal sign of God's creation order.

"Therefore the people of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, observing the Sabbath throughout their generations, as a covenant forever. It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed." (Ex 31:16-17)

Have a great weekend, and don't miss that hour's sleep too much!

6 comments:

Matthew said...

Looking forward to seeing you bright and early this Sunday Chris!

Ian McNaught said...

Excellent insight Chris, never thought of it like that before! There are so many things that point to the eternal nature of God, and I always love finding out another one.

paul wynn said...

Chris, how are you? I enjoy reading your posts. You are obviously well skilled in taking every last morsel of truth from God's Word and putting them into the lives of those around you. How is everything going for the family? Maybe we can catch up sometime. God Bless!

Chris HH said...

Paul, great to hear from you!
We are all doing really well. Love to you and the family, too. We miss you guys!

piccadillywilson said...

Chris you are a lifesaver - I probably would've got to at least lunchtime without realising the clocks had changed! (our church meets at 5pm so I probably would've worked it out by then!)

Kev C said...

Hey Chris how are you, just catching up with your posts and although I missed this one on Saturday glad to say I remembered to put the clock forward the prescriptive hour!
Your comment on the seven days and God's eternal creative order reminded me of something I read actually on Sunday morning at around 7.00am (or was it 8.00??). I'm currently reading 'The busy Christian's guide to busyness' by Tim Chester in an effort to make some sense of my working life just now and on the subject of 'Time management' and 'Eternity not time' Tim has this to say which I thought slightly relevant to your post...
'One of the dangers of time management is that it focuses our attention on the immediate. But the immediate is not always, or even often, the important. God made days. Hours, minutes and seconds are human inventions. There are no words for seconds or minutes in our Bibles.'"How to get 26 hours out of every day" (the title of a recent work on time management) would have meant nothing to Jesus and the Bible writers,' says Tony Payne (Payne, 2001). "They didn't divide the day into 24 hours and they didn't think about time as a thing to be wasted or maximised or organised.' The Bible tells us to number our days, not to schedule our minutes. And numbering our days means to live in the light of eternity.'
This got me to thinking about how we (me) prioritise our lives. Tim Chester goes on to summarise this train of thought thus...
'What you do matters more than how much you do...
How you do it matters more than how much you do...
Why you do it matters more than how much you do...'

Food for further thought - sorry it's so long;-)

Blessings...