If I could turn back time
If I could find a way
I’d take back those words that’ve hurt you
And you’d stay
I don’t know why I did the things I did
I don’t know why I said the things I said
Pride’s like a knife it can cut deep inside
Words are like weapons they wound sometimes
Written by Diane Warren\
Picture it. The vocal artist of the eighties, Cher, standing before an audience, dressed in risque costume, belting out the lyrics to “If I Could Turn Back Time.” This became one of her trademark songs and revived her career in the late 1980s. Now that I’ve created that image in your mind, you will probably be humming the tune and singing the words yourself for the rest of the day. I love planting ear worms.
Of course we can’t literally turn back time, but what would you do if you could? During our return to normal time and the dismissal of daylight savings time, we have an opportunity to capture the lost hour which has eluded us for several months. Did we even notice it was gone? Does it matter? I hate the time changes, especially the one in fall. I’m completely off schedule at this time of year anyway, and adding another hour to the confusion is almost more than a sane person can take, but who said I was sane?
Maybe we should collect all those lost hours over the years, so we could find enough time to do over some of the things we messed up on. It certainly can’t be accomplished in one hour. We can’t mend a relationship in an hour. We can’t reclaim words said in anger or without thinking? We certainly can’t redeem ourselves from all the mistakes we’ve made over time. Many of those errors in judgment are often forgotten about or shelved for the rest of our existence.
I would love it if we could go back and erase the bad stuff from our past. Unfortunately, we don’t have the power to do that, but God does. He knew before the creation of the world what the plan for our salvation would be. It was already in the blueprint. He is the only one who can change our past and restore a future with Him.
So the clocks were changed again for a time. I still have trouble changing the one in my car, but maybe I’ll just save that hour for next year. If I continue to do that, I might find myself with an entire day to do over. In the meantime, I’ll trust that all my past and future mistakes have been washed away by the Creator of the Universe.
“Odd things happen to all of us on our way through life without our noticing for a time that they have happened.” J.M. Barrie “Peter Pan”