For many people in the United States, Daylight Savings Time (DST) is a dreaded event that happens twice a year when clocks are adjusted one hour ahead or back. In the spring the clocks are moved forward, resulting in an hour’s loss of sleep, and then in the fall they go back to the “normal” time, adding an hour of sleep. This can be quite confusing as people try to remember to “spring forward” and “fall back.” I pity the poor traveler that is flying between destinations when the change happens. Hopefully the pilots and air traffic controllers are able to keep it all straight!
It is said that the purpose behind DST is to preserve more daylight, but that never did make sense to me. It is not as if the sunshine is bottled up in a container to be used later during a time of darkness. Some say DST was intended to benefit the farmers so they could work longer in the fields, but why would they need to adulterate timekeeping in order to work later in the evening? Others claim that it helps to preserve electricity by supposedly reducing electrical usage or air conditioning. All of these explanations are suspect, but the one that makes the most sense to me is that merchants like the DST change because it causes people to shop later in the day. So there we have it: greedy merchants are the ones I can blame for disrupting my sleep patterns.
All of this focus on sunshine and clock adjusting causes me to reflect on the future when there will be no need to adjust our clocks or try to save daylight. There is a time coming when we will have an unlimited amount of time and perpetual light. Instead of the sun, God will be our source of light, and there will be no more night and darkness.
Rev 22:5 (NIV)
There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
We know very little about this future world, but one thing we can be sure of, it will be the end of Daylight Savings Time.