Time Change

>> Saturday, November 12, 2011

In the spring, when we move our clocks forward one hour, it’s easy. On our non-digital clock, I just take that hour hand and move it clockwise around the face … and we’re done. But in the fall, when we move our clocks back one hour … that’s a whole different story.  

Moving the hour hand counterclockwise would damage the internal workings of the clock. And since it is designed to soften its tone at 10:00 pm and resume the loudness at 6:00 am, that means I have to move the hour hand clockwise full circle 23 times … stopping to allow it to chime each hour.  

Do you know how long that takes?  

As I stood in front of the clock … patiently waiting for another hour to chime … I thought about life. Sometimes change is fairly easy. When we moved to our new home, it was easy to change my route home from work and drive to this house. When the weather gets colder, it’s fairly easy to change the clothes I wear from summer to winter.  

But most personal changes take a lot of time … and require a lot of patience. Sometimes we don’t want to make that effort, so we take the shortcut … move the hand counterclockwise … and end up with a lot of damage to our internal workings. The news headlines are full of stories about people who took the easy way … and thought they would get away with it.  

A marriage hits a rocky place … and the easy way out is a divorce. Working through those issues … one at a time … and waiting patiently until that one is taken care of before moving on to the next issue … takes time. But just as I now have a clock that chimes the correct time on each hour … the couples who work through their issues end up with a strong relationship that keeps them in tune with each other … and a witness to others that it’s worth it to be patient.

“…..You must get along with each other. You must learn to be considerate of one another, cultivating a life in common.” I Corinthians 1:10b (MSG)


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