One of my pet peeves is when people whine about the invention of Daylight Saving Time after the “fall back” switch makes it pitch black at 5:30 PM. Just to clear this up, November to March is the normal time, and the sunny summer evenings are the result of Daylight Saving Time. So be thankful. (Also, there’s no “s” on “Saving.” FYI.)
But lately I’ve been the one wanting to whine. Not about the creation of DST, but just about the darkness in general. Especially because I have a 40-minute commute that usually starts around 6:00 PM. It’s like I have no perception of distance at night. All I can see are the headlights of other cars and the few yards of road illuminated by my own headlights. Even though I’m familiar with the journey, it’s difficult to judge how close I am to my destination without the benefit of sunlight.
So often life is like this. We have a vague idea of where we want to end up, but right now we only see a few feet in front of us, and we have no clue how close we are to our goal. But we’d never refuse to drive somewhere just because we couldn’t see the destination from our driveway. We know that as we move forward, the light goes before us and continues to illuminate the way. Even though we’d love to see way far ahead, it turns out that just enough light for the very next step is just enough.
I love the Martin Luther King Jr. quote: “Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.” Sometimes we don’t know exactly what God wants us to do, and in those cases it’s best to just be faithful in the everyday things of life. But sometimes we have God-sized dreams that we feel called to, and we must take a step of faith before God will do anything else, not because He can’t, but because He won’t force our free will. So what hidden staircases do you need to start climbing? It’s easier said than done, but obedience to God is always worth it!
I’ll leave you with one more quote, this one from Oswald Chambers: “If we will only obey, and do the task that He has placed closest to us, we will see Him. One of the most amazing revelations of God comes to us when we learn that it is in the everyday things of life that we realize the magnificent deity of Jesus Christ.”
[November 11, 2012]