2 Peter 3:8 “But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.”
I am fascinated with clocks. When Great Grandma passed away I was thrilled to inherit her grandfather clock. I remember visiting her when I was little and listening to the chimes of the old clock striking every quarter hour. There was something intriguing about the consistent ticking and the slowly moving hands making their rounds.
This past week we sold a number of beautiful and unusual clocks for a family that obviously loved these old time pieces as well. Their grandfather clock would have hit most ceilings at 9’7” tall. There were numerous wall clocks, banjo clocks, and a really neat Dickory Dickory Dock clock where the little mouse from the nursery rhyme moved upwards as the time passed. But the clocks that interested me the most were the “Mystery Clocks.” They were different from most and get their name because it is a mystery how they kept time.
Why all this fuss about clocks? Besides the beauty of the timepieces and their wide variety of unique construction, the time that these clocks keep governs our lives. Each strike of the hour reminds us that we live in 24-hour intervals. All our activity revolves around those sweeps of the clocks’ hands. When we are young time seems to pass slowly. But as we grow older the insistent ticking reminds us of how short life is and the urgency of completing our tasks.
God is different than we are. He does not live within the confines of time. To Him one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. As we scurry around, trying to complete all that needs to be done, we can often become frustrated when God seems to delay. His way of doing things can often be a mystery. Many times He doesn’t answer our prayers according to our time table.
As we seek answers for why the ungodly prosper, it may seem that these unbelievers are getting away with their sin. They mock the promise that the Lord will come back, yet God does not seem to respond. But God will do what He says in His Word even if it is not according to our time table. His delays reveal His patience by giving all the world opportunities to repent and turn to Him. In His time He will bring to pass all that He has promised.
God does not need a clock to regulate His activity. But if there is a timepiece in heaven, I think it is a mystery clock. Why? Because He works and acts beyond the confines of time as we know it. What is a thousand years to us may only be one day to Him. But like the mystery clock, though we may not understand the inner workings, we can trust Him to accomplish His will at the perfect time. He will never be late or early – He is always right on time.
Oh dear, Great Grandma’s clock is now chiming the hour. Another day is almost done! – Love, Mama
Sandra Sheridan is a local resident and weekly columnist.