During the recent shelter in place restrictions, I’ve been listening to several CD’s that haven’t been dusted off or even thought about in several years. One of the songs I heard the other day, by Deliverance, is called “No Time.” If you are not familiar with Deliverance, I will warn you that they are a metal band. It is very likely that if you are brave enough to look the song up, you won’t like it. If you do look it up, here are the lyrics (Songwriters: Michael W. G. Oakey-Harris / Arthur Wilton Brown. No Time lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Songtrust Ave)
I’ve work through the day and I don’t have the time. To speak unto friends or to speak Lord to You. There is only one thing that plagues me, and that is pleasing myself which I’ve no time to do
No time. No time. That’s my constant cry
No time to help those in need. At last it’s time to die. To die.
At last before the Lord I came, I stood with downcast eyes. He held a book in His hands, it was the Book of Life. He opened up the book and said, “Your name I cannot find. I was once going to write it down but I couldn’t find the time.” God opened up His book and said, “Your name I cannot find. I was once going to write it down but I couldn’t find the time.”
No time, no time. Is that your constant cry?
No time to help those in need. At last it’s time to die.
Whenever I hear that song, I’m struck by the second verse. How often are we guilty of saying that we’ll do something when we have the time? But then, we never actually get around to doing it at all. What if, when God was going to write our name into the Book of Life, he got distracted and never got around to it? A very sobering thought (at least for me).
When we consider time and when we might want to “get things right with God,” we probably know someone that says, “I’ll do that later.” “When I’m about to die, then I’ll take care of that.” Perhaps we’ve even heard someone say that they plan to wait until they see Jesus coming for his own, then they’ll call upon his name.
I understand that our priorities often keep us from seeing things in clear and full focus, but it really is shortsighted when we think that we can do what we want through this journey called life, and just in the nick of time we’ll put things right with God. Now don’t misunderstand me, I know that salvation comes to all who call upon the name of the LORD…and that those who are hired at the end of the day earn the same reward as those that were hired at the beginning of the day (Matthew 20:1-16). But far too often, I think that we think we’ll have “time” to deal with our salvation when we see Jesus coming.
If we consider 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, Paul warns that we won’t have much time. Depending upon your translation, this is where we read the phrase “in the twinkling of an eye.” We will be changed, in the twinkling of an eye.
Several years ago I decided that I wanted to discover if there was a quantifiable way to describe “the twinkling of an eye” and discovered that there are some within the scientific community that say the twinkling of an eye is the length of time it takes for light to pass through the lens and strike the retina of an adult human eye.
Now, I don’t really like math….but I went to my spreadsheet program (that would do most of the math for me) and put in some values. Light travels (in a vacuum) at 186,282 miles per second. If we multiply that by 5280 (the number of feet in a mile), we learn that light travels at 983,568,960 feet per second. If we multiply that value by 12 (the number of inches in a foot), we discover that light travels at 11,802,827,520 inches per second.
If I did all the conversions correctly, and if the average adult human eye is .9″ (references say that the human eye averages between 22-24.5mm) from front to back, the twinkling of an eye is not just a short amount of time…it is a VERY short amount of time.
.000000000076252914691411 seconds to be precise.
So, for those that think there will be time to “get things right” with God when the time comes…I hope you’re quick! As for me, I want to live each day as close to God as I can!