On that day when the Lord gave the Amorites over to the Israelites, Joshua spoke to the Lord; and he said in the sight of Israel, “Sun, stand still at Gibeon; and Moon, in the valley of Aijalon.” And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, until the nation took vengeance on their enemies. - Joshua 10:12-13
Ah, the joys of Daylight Savings Time. It really messes us up, doesn’t it? Just that shift of a little ‘ol hour throws us off so much!
I always loved it, though, because I enjoyed things getting darker earlier this time of year. Granted, that was when I was younger, lived up north, and really enjoyed winter. Being in Florida now, I want all the hours of warm sunshine I can get in a day!
Yet the dark hours bring their own type of calm and restoration. The cacophony and madness of the day’s events can sometimes diminish in longer hours of the moonlight and things can take on a different perspective.
Which brings up an important point for all of us: as the monotony and repetition of our COVID lives continues, it does us a world of good to find times and spaces that help to give us a new perspective when things start to drive us a little mad. Sometimes it feels like the sun and the moon have stopped and are standing still and things just grind on and on without anything really changing. It can make us stir-crazy, anxious, impatient, even angry. Changing something, even a little thing, that can change our experience and perspective can be one of the best things we can do for ourselves and those around us.
So if you’re having one of those days (or weeks or months….who can tell anymore?) when it feels like the sun is standing still and the moon has stopped, as the time change of just an hour can alter us so much try changing something else just a little and see if it doesn’t help alter things for the better, too.
God Of All Sight, help grant us a vision of faith such that we gain a different perspective when our sight becomes narrowed by the monotony of our experience.