Days cannot be tied in a bundle

Carrying a bundle of firewood

JB Fagoyinbo

A Day is a measure of time. Time really has no beginning and it has no end. The only pointer to a beginning is stated in “In the beginning God created the Heaven and the earth” (Gen 1:1). This makes the earth be about 6,000 years old by human reckoning. Archaeological reckonings put the age of the earth at about 4.5 billion years. Even if we think that beginning is the start of time we have made a mistake because time began before creation.  Time is one of four observable dimensions and an element of reality equal to height, breadth or depth.

However, Biblical records show that day has a beginning. “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day” (Gen 1:3-5). There exists two days: the lightened part of the day and the complete 24 hours.

The only records of man’s authority over time are contained as God’s direct intervention in the affairs of man thus: “Then spake Joshua to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the Lord hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the Lord fought for Israel” (Josh 10:12-14); and “And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What shall be the sign that the Lord will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the Lord the third day? And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou have of the Lord, that the Lord will do the thing that he hath spoken: shall the shadow go forth ten degrees, or go back ten degrees? And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten degrees. And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the Lord: and he brought the shadow ten degrees backward, by which it had gone down in the dial of Ahaz (2 Kings 20:8-11)”.

To bundle time is to package it and determine when and where to utilize it. Even in the examples above, Joshua and Isaiah could not bundle time. They only operated within the time frame allowed them. These are not like the woman in the image above who went to the bush, collected firewood, bundled it and carried it home for use at her own desired time. Time is not like water that can be impounded by constructing a dam across a river of storing in a reservoir for later use.

This proverb is applicable in a situation when “time” is being abused; either an individual is wasting his life or delaying communal aspirations.

Origin: Bantu proverb. View at http://www.listofproverbs.com/source/b/bantu_proverb/186688.htm

Corollary: Time and tide wait for no man.

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Engr Joseph Babatunde Fagoyinbo was born on January 16, 1947. He enlisted for engineering education and obtained the BSc degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1977 and an M.Eng degree in Environmental Engineering in 1982. He attended an 8-week training programme at the Fondation de l’Eau, Limoges France in July/August 1998 as the leader of a Nigerian delegation. In 2000 he also attended the UNESCO-sponsored Higher Hydrologicy Course at the Moscow State University in July/August 2000 Engr Fagoyinbo has since 1977 been having practsing in the field of engineering including design and construction supervision of water supply, river channel training works and environmental management facilities, industrial development, entrepreneurship, etc.

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