Bringing the Text to Life
Is it possible that we are more receptive to God at certain hours of the day or certain times of the year?
Consider the evidence: Every year, without benefit of a calendar or clock, monarch butterflies know to migrate from North America to Central America at precisely the same time. Every year, bears know when to hibernate. Every day, without an alarm clock, swallows know to rise before dawn to catch the early worms.
Even plants seem to have an inner clock. Two species of daisies, the hawk’s-beard and the hawkbit, open and close within precisely a half-hour of each other. They are so reliable that back in 1751, the Swedish scientist Linnaeus suggested that the two species be planted in a circle and become a kind of floral clock.
Humans, too, apparently have some internal rhythms that are regular enough to be linked to the clock. Heart attacks and births occur most often between the hours of 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. Toothaches are calmest after the noon hour, and the most likely time to have...