It never ceases to amaze me the places your mind can go when you spend a day pondering God, your relationship with God, and the nature of God’s creation. Last Sunday, I found myself pondering our odd biannual ritual of changing our clocks and the disconnect that creates from the world around us.
There was a time when I rejoiced in the Spring changing of the clocks. My horses were at a boarding facility, and I only saw them in the hours of sunlight after work. Daylight Savings Time meant an end to a winter of only riding on the weekends. It was a bit like a national holiday for horse people.
Now that my horses are home with us, my time with them starts at sunrise and ends at sunset regardless of what the clock ticks. I find myself resenting the clock change because my time between sunrise and the start of work or church has been cut short, and it’s my favorite time of day. I love the quiet and the beauty of the sun as it crests and rises in the Eastern sky.
I love the playfulness of the horses in the early morning hours and the nickers I get when they see me for the first time each day. I look forward to the long summer days when I’ll have time to ride in the morning before work.
Now that I live a lifestyle that is more connected to God and God’s creation, I find myself wondering if this biannual ritual isn’t just a practice in human hubris. Are we not trying to assert our will over God’s will as if we have some control over the length of the day? Doesn’t it make more sense to shorten our work days in the winter and spend more time on fellowship, prayer, and rest? Isn’t that more natural?
Of course, what I’m suggesting is counter-cultural in a world where work is supposed to be the most important thing in your life, but what if we make our connection to God the most important thing and put our work in second place? What happens then to our mental health and the rhythms of our lives? In a day and age when our work can literally be with us anywhere, why are we still so tied to rigid schedules that don’t ebb and flow with the rhythms of the natural world?
What are your thoughts on the time change? Love it? Hate it?