A pile of very old watch faces and mechanisms

Do You Know What Time It Is?

It’s time for another fun post about what Pinterest says will be a hot trend in 2022!

Pinterest describes this trend as “Hot Horology”.

You may be saying, “Excuse me?!?”

That’s exactly what I said. Here’s your word of the day definition: “Horology” means “the science of measuring time, or the art of making instruments for indicating time.” Thank goodness for Merriam-Webster, right?

The original tick tock

Maybe it’s a sign of the times, but people are more into clocks and watches than ever. Oversized clocks as decor, old-school watch bracelets and luxury men’s watches will define 2022 style, particularly for Gen X and Boomers.

Pinterest Predicts

Well, there you have it. I’m a Gen X baby, and I’ve been wearing a watch for what seems like forever. I guess I’m going to be trendy for once in my life!

Time Immeasurable

You know, time has not always been. There was a “time” before time itself. If something is nothing, there’s nothing to measure!

What a strange thought, having nothing to measure time by. Keeping time is such a big part of our lives! Being late is considered poor taste or worse, especially when we’re late to work. Being late to dinner means eating cold food, and who wants that??

God has always existed and will always exist outside the constraints of time. We can’t even wrap our heads around that!

Time’s Birth

But one day everything changed. Time had a beginning.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.”

And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.

Genesis 1:1-5 NLT

The measurement of time and time itself had the same beginning!

Think of all the ways we measure time.

  • Seconds, minutes, hours, and days
  • Weeks, months, seasons and years
  • Decades, centuries, and millenia

Each measurement is appropriate for different things. We don’t measure wrinkle growth by seconds (trust me), and we don’t measure toilet paper supply needs by centuries.

Time passes and there’s no stopping it, but we try to at least keep track of it. We attempt to attach meaning to the times of our lives.

Times of war and peace, plenty and want, chaos and serenity.

Time’s Value

The Bible has a few things to say about the times of our lives.

God may exist outside of time, but time matters to Him! He created the sun, moon and stars to “be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years” (Genesis 1:14).

He set aside every seventh day to be observed as a holy day of rest.

After the flood, He promised, “As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night” (Genesis 8:22).

He designated special days each year as times of celebrations for the Israelites to remember what He had done for them as a people.

He commanded his people to let the land rest every seven years, and every 50th year they were to forgive all debts, return purchased land to its original owner, and release any Israelite servants.

God values time and fills it with meaning. Shouldn’t we, as well?

I’m sure you’ve heard or read Ecclesiastes 3, which says,

For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.

A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.

A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.

A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.

A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
A time to embrace and a time to turn away.

A time to search and a time to quit searching.
A time to keep and a time to throw away.

A time to tear and a time to mend.
A time to be quiet and a time to speak.

A time to love and a time to hate.
A time for war and a time for peace.

Psalm 139:16 says, “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.”

That is one of my favorite Scriptures. I find great peace in knowing that God knows my life beginning to end, and the end will be no surprise to Him! He’ll be there with me no matter what my last day on earth looks like.

But until then, my days are measured in moments, which He has already laid out. He knows!! He saw me sitting at my keyboard today before I was even born. Mind blowing! He saw you reading this post before you were born. Crazy, right?

Every moment matters to Him.

Knowing that we have a predetermined expiration date should encourage us to use the time we have wisely.

Sailors crossing the sea rationed their food because it was limited. Soldiers in wartime received rations to get them through. Using rations wisely could not be emphasized enough!

And so it is with our time. Our days are limited. We need help to see the importance of our moments, days and years on this earth.

With that thought in mind, I close with a prayer of Moses:

Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.

Psalm 90:12

Now it’s your turn!

How do you add value to your days?

What do you see as a wise use of your limited time?

I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Featured Photo by Heather Zabriskie on Unsplash

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