Detective Novels, Harold Camping and time

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There seems to be a common thread in the conversations in our house – time. We are both getting older and many of the things we thought we would accomplish by now haven’t happened yet. PhDs are unwritten, babies not yet born, job with prospects not yet acquired. Both of us are getting grey hairs and the ticking of the clock is a reminder of what is still to be done and dreamt of.

In other ways the clock is also ticking – if Harold Camping is to be believed then Jesus is coming back not this Saturday but next! (See Pastor John’s Sunday sermons if you are interested) Will we even have time to do all we planned? To distract myself from thinking about the ticking clock I read a corny detective novel over the weekend (sorry R. Alcorn, but your characters are a bit corny). It is funny how when God wants to speak to us he will find a way. There is an annoying feature of the novel that it keeps going to characters in heaven talking about their loved ones who are still alive, wondering if they will find faith. One of the ladies says to Jesus that time is running out for her husband to find faith. Jesus replies: But I am bigger than time. It struck me, why am I worried about time when the one who invented it holds me in the palm of his hand.

Even time is not beyond God’s control – he can make it stand still if he chooses:

 Joshua 10:13-14 So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. 14 There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the LORD listened to a man. Surely the LORD was fighting for Israel!

Jesus holds all things together – even time:

Colossians 1:15-17 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

So instead of handing my life over to the tyranny of the clock and clock watching I’m choose to trust the one who holds time in his hands.

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2 thoughts on “Detective Novels, Harold Camping and time

  1. It’s kind of hard to wrap your mind around it, isn’t it — that God is bigger than time itself? I think there is a psalm about that, — I come back to it from time to time (no pun intended!) to try to get a grip on the ephemeral nature of time…and how meaningless it is in the big picture.

    Good stuff here, Tracey!

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