Don’t Trust the Clock on the Dash

After seeing all the Facebook reminders to set your clock back  last night, I thought this would be appropriate to post on the first day of Daylight Savings time.

I was running late for work one day last week so I jumped into my car and sped off to work. That morning I was so preoccupied with being late that I couldn’t enjoy the beauty of the drive through the wooded area of Ferndale on my trek to downtown; at least not until I glanced at the clock on the dash. The clock read 7:20. I wasn’t running late after all. The tension in my neck and arms immediately began to lessen and I noticed the beautiful trees. I felt myself breathing calmly and began to enjoy the drive. I was reassured by that clock that told me I wasn’t late. It didn’t take me long, however, to begin questioning that time. At least 20 minutes before, the clock in my house read 7:45 which was what made me realize I was late in the first place. I knew I had to go to the authority; a trusted source. Yep, you got it- my cell phone. My cell phone is updated by an internet server that gets the time from an atomic clock. No matter where I am, my phone always has the correct time. Who needs a watch these days? To me, my cell phone is the ultimate authority on time. I didn’t have to worry about setting my watch or my alarm back for Daylight Savings time last night. My trusted cell phone did it for me.

The rest of the drive to work, I thought about this situation. My car was serviced the day before and the clock must have gotten changed in the process. For a moment, I accepted that as truth. It was a false truth, however, that gave me a false assurance that I would arrive to work on time.

It got me thinking. The world gives us false truths and false assurances daily. They may make us feel better for a short time. They may give us a sense of peace and security for a while but they won’t withstand many of the harsh circumstances we face in life.

There is only one real source of truth that gives lasting assurance. In John 17, Jesus prays for his disciples. He asks his Father to sanctify them by the truth. He says, “Your word is truth” (John 17:17). God’s Word, the Bible, is the Truth! It’s packed full of truth that gives us just what we need to have peace and security through any circumstance. If I’m struggling with something and don’t know what to do, I can always find the answer in his Word and through prayer. He never fails to answer when I ask. Also, in John, Jesus tells us he’s the Truth. He says, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father, except through me” (John 14:6). I have access to the ultimate truth, 24 hours a day. No matter where I am or what I’m doing, I have a trusty source that not only gives me what I need to get through my day, but what I need to get through this life and a promise that this life here on earth is not all there is and not where it ends for those who believe.

I’ve made the mistake too many times in putting my trust in the false truths of the world or made decisions based on my own truths. That led me down a bunch of wrong roads and caused a lot of tears and heartaches. Sounds like a bad country song, doesn’t it? It’s so true though.

When my son died, I have to tell you I didn’t reach for a book on meditation, or one of those self-help books.  I didn’t reach for my psychology textbook or my philosophy textbook. I didn’t google how to handle it. I didn’t reach down inside myself. No, I reached out for the one who held me up the past 10 years; the only one that has given me true sustainable, peace, joy, courage and assurance. I reached out for my Lord-The Truth. As always, He was there. He’s still there. He will always be there!

One of my favorite verses tells me he will always be there.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage. Do not be afraid nor dismayed; for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).

That’s a truth that I can attest to. That’s a truth that you can “take to the bank”, as they say. Even if I lose my iPhone and I have no idea where I am or what time it is, my God is with me. That’s a truth that gives me real assurance.

Thank you, Lord for being the ultimate authority and truth. Thank you for using a silly clock error to remind me that you are the Truth and through you I have ultimate assurance and security no matter my circumstances. Thank you for always being there to hear my cry. Help me to recognize and weed out the false truths that lead me away from you.