What do Henry Ford, Robert Fulton, Eli Whitney, and Paul Revere have in common? The answer is so obvious! They all were clockmakers at one point in their lives. Levi Hutchins made the first modern alarm clock in 1787. Fastidious by nature, Hutchins fashioned a mechanical ringing bell clock so that he could arrive punctually at work each morning. He never bothered to patent or mass-produce his invention, which only went off at 4:00 a.m. Leonardo de Vinci invented and used an alarm clock in which water flowed in a thin stream from one receptacle to another. Greek mathematician and scientist Heron of Alexandria invented a water clock during the reign of Alexander the Great. Its purpose was to limit the time a lawyer could speak in court.
We have had a fascination with time for centuries. The average American owns 3.7 watches. Did you know the average person looks at a watch or clock 452 times a day? On Sunday mornings at church, the number doubles. We always want to know the time. But God says, “No one knows the time when Jesus will return.” Instead of looking at your watch, just be ready! So how do you get ready? I know people who have gone through really hard times, some of their own doing, some not. Can they be ready? It is just when a man steps onto the stage of failure and pain that he is about to become ready. No one said it better than Henry Lyte. “When God wants to drill a man, and thrill a man, and skill a man, when God want to mold a man to play the noblest part; when He yearns with all His heart to create so great and bold a man, that all the world shall be amazed, watch His methods, watch His ways – how He ruthlessly perfects whom He royally elects, how He hammers and hurts him and with mighty blows converts him into trial shapes of clay. How He bends but never breaks when His good He undertakes. How He uses whom He chooses, and with every purpose fuses him; but every act induces him to try his splendor out – God knows what He’s about!” Jesus is coming again. It’s time to get ready. The clock is ticking . . .