My father was an engineer on the C&O Railroad. He worked out of the yards at Russell, Kentucky. For many years, these yards were the largest individual-owned rail yards in the world. Fifty-two sets of tracks wide, the Russell Yards was a transportation marvel in the 1950’s and 60’s.
With hundreds of trains moving in, out, and through the yards on regular schedules, precise timing was critical. The watches that the engineers carried had to be exact. Only company-authorized watches could be used. These watches had to be inspected and certified on a regular basis. A few seconds could make the difference between safe passage and disaster. One of our family’s most precious treasures is dad’s ‘Illinois Bunn Special’ railroad watch.
Scripture serves as God’s precision timepiece for mankind. God’s word accurately reports what was, is, and shall be. “He has made everything beautiful in its time; also he has put eternity into man’s mind” (Ecclesiastes 3:11, ESV).
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.”
(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, ESV)
Are you living in God’s time frame for your life? “For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2, NIV).