I often wonder how different our Western World would have turned out had the clock not been invented. With the invention of time we are able to maximize the efficiency of our day, leaving no minute wasted as we fill up schedules and time tables. We are able to plan down to the very last second, and feel accomplished when we can complete activities in the required time allocation.
I went on a mission trip into Northern Namibia in 2003 where we traveled through the desert speaking to little groups of people. The pastor who ran a church in the local town, would jump out as we came to each little dwelling, and explain to the group of people which tree to meet under when the sun was high up in the sky.
We would arrive at the tree promptly at noon, only to wait about two hours for all the different groups to slowly make their way to where we would present the gospel. Time seemed to stand still with no deadlines and agendas.
There is no right or wrong between Western Time and Africa Time. Although the one may appear more efficient, the relaxed mannerism of the other may hint towards a secret the whole Western World has missed.
2 Peter 3 vs 8-9
“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
I am so thankful that as Christians the only time we need to worry about is God’s Timing. I am thankful that His Word speaks of his Patience with me, and that He is not slow in keeping His Promise.