Why does time
pass faster as you get older?
There is no substitute for the passage of time. Time passes. Nothing
you do will prevent it nor facilitate it. Get used to it. Time for
you will happen as long as you live. One thing you will learn if you
haven’t already, is that the older you get, the faster time passes.
This is a great mystery.
Several years ago I was reacquainted
with Peter Robinson, younger brother
of my childhood friend Scot. I’d known Peter as a teenager and met
up with him again at the funeral of his mother Sue. We had seen each
other only a couple of times over the previous 20 or more years
and we talked about how quickly it seemed that so many years had
passed. Decades passed as if they were years.
Peter asked if I knew why time passed much faster now than it seemed
to pass when we were younger. That was a phenomenon I had often
pondered. Surprised that he offered an explanation, I eagerly sought
Ironically, I was now seeking the wisdom of the younger Peter who
had always looked up to me and his big brother as wise elders.
Peter asked “How long does it take for Christmas to come when you’re
five years old”. I didn’t even have to think of my answer.
“Forever!” I instantly replied. Kids go through agony awaiting
Christmas day. Remember the delight of opening each day of the
advent calendar in anticipation of the glorious morning when you
would open Santa’s gifts?
Peter smiled wisely, satisfied at my predictable answer. I was
stunned when he said “the passage of time has to do with
percentages.” I began to understand. At 5 years of age, 20% of my
entire life would pass before Christmas arrived. He went on to
explain that at 100 years of age, Christmas occurs after the passage
of merely 1% of one’s life.
I was dumfounded at his wisdom.
Though constant, time is
measured from one’s beginning to the present. Wow! Thank you
Albert Einstein determined that, at the speed of light, time stands
still. This can be easily demonstrated. For purpose of illustration
I shall use an imaginary clock located on a distant planet. This
planet is located at a distance from the earth that when traveling
at the speed of light, requires 60 minutes to reach earth.
Therefore, the image of the clock arrives at earth exactly one hour
after leaving the clock face. On earth, one observes the hands of
the clock pointing to 12:00. Because the image we see from earth is
one hour old, the time on the distant planet is actually 1:00.
You with me so far?
For the purpose of my example, imagine the images of the clock
traveling to earth as a succession of frames in one minute
increments. Each one minute “frame” holds one still image of the
clock face. With each minute that passes, an image of the clock face
leaves the planet traveling at the speed of light.
Now imagine that you are able to travel along side the image of the
clock reading 12:00 as it makes its one hour journey to earth. Note
that as you accompany that image you are traveling at the speed of
light and the image does not change. The hands do not move.
Immediately following you is the image of 12:01, 02, 03, etc. The
image in front of you is 11:59, 58, 57, etc.
Were you standing still, a parade of minutes would pass by. Still
with me? Now suppose it possible for you to increase the speed of
your travel beyond the speed of light. You would move ahead of the
frames into the future. Your speed, relative to the speed of light
determines your place in time. Time travel!
The bible tells us that God is light and also that “one day with God
is like one thousand years with man and that one thousand years with
God is like one day with man”. After all, God is eternal and man is
finite. Man has a beginning and an end. God always was and always
will be. Therefore, Himself being light, God lives in the eternal
The passage of time on earth is required to confine three
dimensional life to a known beginning and a determined end. There
will come a day when this world will pass away and there shall be a
new heaven and a new earth. In that world there will be no more
darkness because as John wrote in his revelation referring to Jesus
Christ, “the Lamb shall be the light thereof”.