The Ultimate Time Checklist

Someone once said, “Time is a trick to keep everything from happening at once.”

Since the days of my childhood, I have owned and enjoyed many watches – pocket, wrist, waterproof, self-winding, 24-hour, 12-hour, and novelty watches. 

One of my newest is a Mickey Mouse watch. As I write this, Mickey’s little hand is on 5, his big hand on the 6. In military time, 0530.

Does God know what time it is? Why was I awoken before 4:00 am? Doesn’t He know there is a long road trip ahead of me today?

A teaching of Rabbi Daniel Lapin comes to mind. Rabbi Lapin says there is no past, neither is there a future; there is only now. How does this square with my Bible?

Psalm 90:2 NLT proclaims, “Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God.

Hebrews 13:8 tells us, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Why am I not the same today as I was in years past? There was a time when not even one hair on my head was gray. In years past I could stay awake beyond 9:00 pm.

At the meeting between God and Moses, that first encounter at the burning bush, Moses asked God for His name and God answered, “I am that I am.”

Dictionaries define ‘am’ as the first-person singular present indicative of the verb ‘to be’. 

God doesn’t need my Mickey Mouse watch because he is forever in the now, the present. 

James 1:17 NLT describes Him, “He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” The Amplified version translates this to “[With God] there is no variation [no rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [for He is perfect and never changes].”

We read in John chapter 8 how Jesus’ identity was challenged. Jesus closed the argument, saying, “before Abraham was, I AM.”

As we move into old age as I have, we think about the end of life. We make preparations. Yes, my wife and I already own burial plots in the local cemetery and we rid ourselves of stuff we don’t need and no one wants. This isn’t morbid; it’s practical. My wife and I know we have an eternal home in Heaven. Eternal: having no beginning or end; lasting forever.

About 4,000 years ago, God revealed himself to Abraham. In 1974, He revealed himself to me. 

Some folks can change overnight. I have been a work-in-progress since 1974 and God will be continuing His work in me until my appointed time to die.

Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and He wants us all to become a part of his family. Through the Spirit of Adoption, we become joint heirs with Jesus Christ. I have hope and a future. 

What about you?

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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