The Pocket Watch

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For four-generations, women in my family have owned the same gold pocket watch. This timepiece is a tiny glimpse into our past. On one side, the latch opens to reveal the time, and on the other side, the spinning, inner movements of gears and wheels. 

As a surprise birthday gift, my husband recently had the watch restored  by our local “clock doc.” Now, like my great-grandmother before me, when I wind this 1910 Elgin, I not only can tell the time but also peek at the intricacy of rotating pivots, pinions, and springs. Every tick reminds me that this isn’t merely a timepiece but a valued and timeless treasure. 

If I can feel this glowing toward a lifeless piece of machinery, how much more must our Father feel about us. Are we not the Holy Watchmaker’s timepieces, who He has individually crafted by Hand? Not only do we belong to Him, but our “times are in His Hand” (Psalm 31:15). Every life-changing and mundane event, as well as their timing, is ticking along steadily within His nail-pierced palm.

Like my watch, it is not for we instruments “to know the times or seasons” (Acts 1:7). God knows these because He fashioned each of us distinctly for Himself (Psalm 139:13). Not one of His creations is hidden from His sight, and His eye sees every whirring emotion and spinning thought within us (Hebrews 4:13). 

No disease, no depression, and no financial disaster can alter the beat of the instrument He fashions and cleans. God knows every tick of our experience, for He has wound us to His precise specifications. As the Psalmist David testifies, “You planned how many days I would live. You wrote down the number of them in your book before I had lived through even one of them” (Psalm 139:16 NIRV).

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This isn’t to say that our lives will never know suffering and pain. Even the timepiece held safely in his Creator’s Hand will experience the weathering effects of the world around him. Thankfully, discouragement doesn’t have to lead to defeat. 

I, too, have recently known the unrelenting attempts of the evil one to tarnish me. While I grapple with remembering my refuge in His grip, I still hear satan “speak out against the Most High and (attempt to) wear (me) down” (Daniel 7:25). More than ever, I see the evidence of our prowling adversary, who desires to destroy everything good (1 Peter 5:8). 

But, like the harrowed believers of the first century, I too must resist our adversary by firmly recalling that my times are in His Hand (1 Peter 5:9). Despite the inevitable “conflicts without and fears within” (2 Corinthians 7:5), I remain in His Hand and on His Heart. As nineteenth-century pastor Charles Spurgeon testifies, “Our distress is a forcible reason for our being heard by the Lord God, merciful and gracious, for misery is ever the master argument with mercy.”

“Misery is ever the master argument with mercy.” Charles Spurgeon Click To Tweet

Do not dismay, dear reader. No matter what you fear and how dire the situation, you have a God Who condescends quickly toward weakness. More treasured than my great-grandmother’s watch, You are His instrument. Your times, just like mine, are in His Hand.