Posted by Marjorie Ainsborough Decker text© 2011 on Dec 12th, 2013
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“Timely” Greetings Dear BlogNogs and Friends,
As we turned back our clocks to Standard Time recently, I wondered about all those millions of clocks, watches and timepieces that were subject to this one-hour change. How many workers turned up too early for all kinds of jobs? How many mixed up appointments? All because of this thing called “time.”
Did Adam have any idea that his time-span was going to be 930 years? And how would that knowledge affect a man’s evaluation of time?
For many years I have been studying, and meditating on “What is time?” All this followed after reading Galatians 4:4 one day, when the word “fullness” jumped out at me. The verse says: “In the fullness of time God sent forth His Son….” And ever since, my interest in time revolved around the question, “What is there about time that can be called ‘full?,’” I asked The Lord that question, and this is what I received, “Time is a WOMB.” This answer opened up key Biblical insights to me. And it has been an exciting journey ever since to see major Bible themes unfold in a wonderful way in the words ‘WOMB’ and ‘TIME.’
Besides Bible study, my fascination with time reaches into the Christian Mother Goose Big Book, where I wrote a story about “Time Thieves.” It revolves around the clock-like Docker Bugs who live in Dippley Dockerlee. I’m sure we all meet “time thieves” in our lives every day, so the Bible reminds us to “redeem the time.”
The old rhyme on time, “Hickory, Dickory, Dock” was included in the oldest-known book of nursery rhyme “Tommy Thumbs Pretty Song Book.” Published in London in 1744, and selling for about sixpence, this tiny book of 32 rhymes in the British Museum is now worth a fortune. The origin of Hickory, Dickory, Dock is thought to have originated with the shepherds of Westmorland, in North West England. They used it as rhyming method to count their sheep.
In The Christian Mother Goose rhyme the clock signals “Amen!” I like to call God’s people the “Amen!” people, for the heart of our faith is The Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible states: “All the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen…. (2 Corinthians 1:20)
That “Amen” is rich in every meaning of trust, confidence, stability, truth and more. And those promises of God reach out to all earthlings who will believe in Him. Psalm 107:2 says, “Let the redeemed of The Lord say so….” Therefore, I’m all for hearing those hearty “Amen’s!” across Blog-land.
In our household, the words “time” and “Bulova watch,” ring with laughter to the tune of “Here comes the Bride.” And with good reason. It was a Bulova watch that led me down the aisle of that small country church to marry the handsome jeweler below, as our four sons know well.
The story goes back to the year when my antique wrist watch broke (while living in Paonia, CO), days before I was to fly back home to Liverpool, England. The jewelers in the nearest large city said it couldn’t be fixed. However, a dear friend said, “I know a jeweler who certainly can fix it.” So off we went to Decker Jewelry in the small, nearby town of Hotchkiss.
A very handsome, pleasant and well-mannered young man, Dale Decker, assured me he could indeed fix the antique watch. As a third generation jeweler he subscribed to the school of horology that could hand-make a watch part, if necessary. “Very good,” I thought. But the repair would take more time than I had. Nevertheless, I decided to leave the watch with this intriguing watchmaker and arrange for its return to me. At that decision, Dale smiled, reached into a Bulova showcase and, without hesitation, handed me a lovely (and quite expensive) Bulova to use in the meantime.
“Is that the way jewelers do business in America?” my mother asked when she saw the new watch. “Why don’t you go back to America and date that jeweler, then get me a Bulova too,” my brother, Jimmy, quipped. Well…there’s much to tell… but suffice it to say that I did go back to America, and “wound up” with both the new Bulova and my repaired old watch. Then, the day Dale and I became engaged, I mischievously thought how to announce it to my family in Liverpool. Perhaps just telegraph: “Start sending the orders for the Bulovas!”
I recall that, when I was a child in Liverpool, my favorite clock was the huge twenty-foot in diameter floral clock in Woolton Woods. In flowers, time looked beautiful, but endless, as I waited for the cuckoo to pop out.
Time took many thousands of years from Adam’s day to reach the 1875 opening of Joseph Bulova’s jeweler’s shop in New York City. During that long span of time, many creative minds had tackled “telling time,”– from sundials used about 5,000 years ago, to the pendulum-based clock developed by the Dutch scientist, Christian Huygens, around 1656. This led to the much admired grandfather clock. It is the impressive long pendulum that is the heart of precision timekeeping in the sturdy grandfather clock.
My dear husband, Dale, loved clocks, and worked on a mahogany pendulum wall clock as a gift to our son, Bradley. My contribution was to inscribe the pendulum with a quote from Brad when he was only five years old. Looking wistfully through a window, he said, “Someday today will be a long time ago.” Wise words, indeed.
So, dear Blog-Nogs, we have only a measured time in our earthly journey. The pendulum is swinging to mark off each day. Will we remember those days as filled with gladness, courage, forgiveness, generosity of heart, faith, hope and love? Will we face the final swing of the pendulum safe in the arms of Jesus – the One Who stepped out of eternity and into time to become our Savior?
His Cross became the Pendulum of the clock of this big world; His pierced hands always pointing to the hour of our redemption.
The Lord Jesus calls to each of us: “…for this cause came I unto this hour.” (John 12:27) I kept that salvation appointment with Him in 1954. I hope you kept your appointment, too. Do I hear a loud “Amen!”
Yes, we can turn back the clock, but we cannot turn back time. It carries us ever forward and beyond. Beyond to the Keeper of time Himself.
Till next “time,”
Christian Mother Goose®
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