The rules at a particular university were such that if the professor
were not present in the classroom by 15 minutes past the hour, the class was
considered a “walk” and the students were free to leave — with no penalties
for missing a class. The rooms were equipped with the type wall clocks
which “jumped” ahead each minute, in a very noticeable fashion. These
clocks were also not of the most sophisticated construction. Some
enterprising student discovered that if one were to hit the clock with
chalkboard erasers, it would cause the clock to “jump” ahead one minute.
So, it became almost daily routine for these students to take target
practice at the clock (as it would have it, this particular professor was
not the most punctual). A few well-aimed erasers, and lo, 15 minutes were
passed, and class dismissed itself.
When the day for the next exam rolled around, the professor strolled
into the room, passed out the exams, and told them “You have one hour to
The professor then proceeded to collect the erasers from around the
room and gleefully took aim at the clock. When he had successfully “jumped”
the clock forward one hour, he closed the class and collected the exam
We’ll all been in situations where we would like for time to jump ahead
and move faster than it does. But, as we get older, we become aware than
time is moving quite fast enough on its own, without any help!
“My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle…” (Job 2:6)
“Now my days are swifter than a runner; They flee away….They pass by
like swift ships, Like an eagle swooping on its prey.” (Job 9:25-26)
“For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little
time and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14b)
The Bible speaks often about how quickly life passes, not to depress
us, but to bring us to the realization that we had better be preparing now
for the eternity that lies beyond this life.
If you find yourself watching the clock at work today, wishing the time
would pass faster, be careful! It will be gone before you know it.