There’s something frustrating about time, particularly the fact that it just doesn’t stop. It moves in one direction only at a consistent speed, with no regard for who it might be affecting. I have deadlines I have to make, and extra time would be very useful. I’ve made mistakes and had first-time experiences which I’d like to go back and undo, avoid, or re-experience that first time rush.
Time is something that’s out of my control. It directly affects me, I have no option other than to live in it, but I have no say in it.
Take a job interview, for example. You sit through this gruelling, intense experience which is going to determine whether or not you’re offered a new, enticing position, but you stumble over your words, can’t remember things and only realise once you get out that your collar was halfway up the entire time. Would you not spend the next couple of days doing not much more than reliving it, except this time in your head you get offered the job on the spot every time?
Nothing worse than 20-20 hindsight.
Except perhaps the completely unknown future; sitting through that interview without knowing what the result will be would be pretty bad too.
And then of course there’s the unknown present! I don’t know what’s happening outside of my sensory field, let alone in another city, country or planet! And my senses are pretty awful now I come to think about it, I need glasses to see anything more than vague colours and even then I miss an enormous amount of the information available to me.
It turns out I know barely anything about anything. My knowledge covers an insignificant amount of the tiniest fraction of available knowledge.
Seek the LORD while he may be found;
call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.