I was reading a story yesterday about the impact that time shifting is having on broadcast television. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the term of time shifting, simply put, it’s the means by which viewer record their favorite television programming for later so they can watch or do something else at the present time. You may be familiar with Digital Video Recording devices like TiVo.
This ability to schedule your viewing time around your personal life has dramatically changed people’s viewing habits and affected Neilson ratings in fascinating ways. What I find fascinating however, is the thought that somehow we too can feel as though our own lives are being time shifted; not necessarily for someone else’s enjoyment, but because life simply demands it.
Our lives can be shifted by tragedies. Natural disasters like earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, and tornados can be devastating. Job losses, relocations, and even changes in family dynamics, just to name a few can also be. How we handle them is often a challenge and can make us wish we could time shift those moments to another time period.
What I love about life is that, God so loves us that He strategically time shifts events in our lives to precisely the moments that we are able to handle them. Our lives are authored and orchestrated in such a way that the things we encounter, we are prepared to handle the things we are confronted with. God equips us in various ways. How we respond when the test comes is our demonstration of how well we took to our preparation.
Even now, the church is being shifted into positions that will reveal the true from the false, the ones in who’ve received power and those who have denied that power. The ones for whom the power abides in, they shall enjoy this period of shifted time, while those who have denied it will find it to be quite disconcerting. The bible speaks of things in secret being brought into light. Some will see it as a blessing while others will see it as a curse. The season we are entering won’t just be a season in which time is shifted, wealth will transfer. Low things will be raised, while high things will be brought low.
The shifting that takes place doesn’t have to shake us. It should however, wake us up to the glory that is before us. If you see the light at the end of the tunnel, that should be your sign brighter things on the horizon. Interestingly enough, we are about to experience a literal time shift in a couple weeks as the clocks roll back to daylight savings time. There are many things people do to deal with that shift. How you prepare for it can make things go smooth for you in the coming weeks or difficult. The same goes for every shift we face.
QUESTION: How do you handle the feeling of being time shifted?
- Viewers fast-forward their TV habits (stuff.co.nz)
- CNN.com Launches Time-Shifting & Sharing Tool with SnappyTV for Presidential Debates (beet.tv)
- Andy Plesser: CNN.com Launches Time-Shifting & Sharing Tool with SnappyTV for Presidential Debates (huffingtonpost.com)
- Daylight saving and daytime fatigue (bigpondnews.com)
- Call to scrap daylight saving (fijitimes.com)
- 8 Things You May Not Know About Daylight Saving Time (history.com)
- Daylight Savings Time Issue (daniweb.com)
- Time Keeps on Ticking into the Future (thistimethisspace.com)
- “We’ve run out of time.” – Shifting reading habits boost Read It Later in 2011 (nextlevelofnews.com)
- Switching Gears: Time to Shift into a New Career (prweb.com)