Clock

The clock tower was hit by lightning a week ago.

The only damage is to the clock faces themselves . . . all four of them.

They were spinning haphazardly for awhile, as if they were in some kind of time warp.

And then they stopped altogether, each at different, random times.

They are still, silent.

This structure is, you must realize, central, visible from most places on campus, yet it is predominately considered for what it can do, or more correctly, give: an answer to the passing question, "What time is it?"

Where once I briefly glanced upward as I walked to and from classes (on time), now I find myself staring at the clock tower itself.

It has been a week since the clock tower gave me the time, but this morning the thought came to me as I once again looked up at it as I walked along, that sometimes we have a similar mentality when it comes to God, whether we look to Him and stand in awe of Who He is or glance up and see what we can "get" from Him. God wants us to genuinely seek Him, because He is worthy of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and because loving, trusting, obeying, and glorifying Him are the purpose for which we were created and the means of living Life as He intended. But at times it's human nature to want something from God, to think of Him as a Candyman who can "make our lives happier" if only He would (blank). God certainly blesses His children in so many ways, much more so than we can imagine sometimes. Yet, the goal is that our hearts would be satisfied with and our eyes focused on God - God Himself, rather than what He can give.

Sometimes we lose sight of the clock tower in glancing at the time.

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