Revd Jackie

Rev. Jackie Bullen

‘Wake up!’

I wonder what wakes you up in the morning?

For you, it might be the rising sun leaking round the edge of your curtains. It could be the bird song outside the windows. If you’re fortunate perhaps it’s someone bringing you a cup of coffee. Or maybe it’s the sound of some relentlessly joyful DJ extolling the virtues of the latest single from a band you’ve never heard of when your clock radio reaches the appointed time.

As a child I remember that it would often be the sound of a cockerel announcing loudly that it was time to ‘WAKE UP, WAKE UP’ but more recently it is an alarm clock which is not pleasant but does the job very well.

Time can seem to be the thing that rules our lives. We may wear watches, use mobile phone technology, rely on the clocks on public buildings, our appliances in the kitchen or even the speaking clock.

I read recently how the rail companies in the UK were instrumental in introducing nationwide standardised time. As you move from East to West the sun sets later. If your clock is a sundial, you would have the middle of the day before someone living in a town further west from you. This wasn’t much good for running trains. So in 1840, the Great Western Railway Company synchronised local times and applied a single standard.

Although they might well have been unwittingly responsible for encouraging a greater awareness of punctuality in the general public, the railway companies didn’t invent time.

Time is God’s invention.

Open up a Bible at page one, and read how God makes light to separate the day from the night, and time begins. The whole of creation marks the passage of time as the weather goes from cold to warm and then gets colder again. The leaves start as tiny buds, unfurl and then after a while turn those beautiful shades of red, orange and yellow before floating down to form the Autumn carpet nature provides.

Read further on in the Bible, and we find how one writer records that ‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens’, and a little bit later ‘God has set eternity in the human heart.’

Not only are we aware of the passing of time, we mark it with annual events, birthdays, anniversaries, Easter and Christmas. We are also aware that we only play a short part in a much greater story.

As a Christian, that story is the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

We are encouraged to have an eye on eternity, because God’s promise for all those that love and follow him is that they can be there to share it with him. If you’ve never thought about it before, maybe today is the day to start.

As the saying goes, ‘Time and tide wait for no man!’

With best wishes and prayers