Is There Really Such a Thing as Time Management?
With the end of another annual Daylight Savings Time (DST) coming this weekend, I’ve been thinking about the fleeting nature of time.
I frequently talk about my need for better time management skills. Can you relate? But considering the nature of time, can we really manage something as ephemeral as a passing minute—here and gone in sixty seconds?
Seconds, minutes, hours. Days, weeks, months, years. Manmade measures reminding us of our mortality as the clock continues to tick away. Even within these constructed measures, have you noticed how capricious minutes can seem? If every hour is composed of sixty minutes, why do some hours drag on interminably while others fly by? Why can most of us attest to the truth that “the days are long but the years are short”?
Thanksgiving is in three weeks, but it seems as though summertime was yesterday and Christmas will be here tomorrow.
As if that all isn’t enough to make my head explode, consider God’s timing. There’s an adage that says, “God is always on time, but He misses opportunities to be early.” Yet that’s what we want, don’t we? We want His intervention early. We want His blessings early. However, He has His own timetable.
I say I trust God, but I can gauge my own spiritual growth by how much I trust His timing. The sad truth is that I often chafe at God’s timing. Is He moving too fast? Too slow? Then there are times I wonder if He is moving at all. And I won’t even begin to discuss the contentious relationship I have with the word wait!
Yet the One who created the very sun we use to measure time is also the One who is sovereign, patiently working out His purposes for His greatest glory. A prime example is the account of the healing of the crippled man in Acts 3:1-10. This man was carried to the temple gate every day to beg. Instead of giving him money, the apostle Peter gave him healing in the name of Jesus Christ (v. 6).
A great account of healing. But think about this from the beggar’s perspective. How many years had he sat at that gate? During His earthly ministry, how many times had Jesus walked by with His disciples without making him whole? In God’s perfect timing, the healing occurred after Jesus’s resurrection. And as a result of this man’s healing at this particular time, Peter preached a powerful gospel message to the crowd and 5,000 men believed (Acts 4:4).
The “right” time for healing was not what this man might have thought. God knew the best time for healing, for the good of not just one man, but for the good of 5,000 men, not to mention the ripple effect on their families and communities!
Which brings me back to the question of God’s timing in my own life 2,000 years later. Am I willing to trust God’s timing or am I using time management as a way to attempt to manage God? Of course, we all know how successful that would be!
So as we focus on clocks and time and attempts at time management, I choose to view the end of Daylight Savings Time as a gracious reminder from my heavenly Father. A reminder to be a good steward of the time I do have by using it wisely. And a reminder that He is sovereignly “managing” every minute for my ultimate good and His eternal glory!