Is time rigid? Or is it fluid and flexible? Is it only our perception that makes some time go slow and other time move fast?
Today I used two visual illustrations for the way we look at time. Time often is viewed as toy construction blocks. Seconds form minutes, minutes form hours, hours form days, etc. This is the static, mathematical way we look at time. And of course, it does function that way. That's why we have clocks and calendars.
But we might also look at time as a more fluid, flexible thing - like Play Dough. Something that can be shaped and molded and squeezed and formed.
So, what if we looked at time as a sculpture medium that God gives us to mold?
In the Genesis account, God is the clear author of time. He invents "morning and evening - the first day" even before he made Adam and Eve. God gives us light and darkness, the rotation of the earth, the seasons and the tilt of the planet. In that way, time comes from him; it is in his hands. He gives us time.
Look at Ecclesiastes 3:1-8:
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.
A beautiful and poetic piece of scripture. Of course, the list could go on and on. But the point is this - time can be molded and shaped into the seasons of our lives. Like so much play dough, time can be sculpted to fit the appropriate occasion.
So the issue becomes - How will we sculpt our time?
Instead of seeing time as an enemy, or as a math problem, see it as art. What beautiful and lovely thing could you make with the time God gives? What if God was involved in the artistic process of sculpting your time?
Ecclesiastes 3:11a says, "He has made everything beautiful in its time." God is an artist of great renown, and joining his skill to yours, beauty can be created with the time he gives.