I’m not THAT old. This summer, I will celebrate my 34th birthday.
My daughter popped up from her summer reading book and questioned, “What is a long distance phone call?” It just wasn’t that long ago that all phones were attached to houses and there wasn’t the problem of my cell phone battery is about to die.
I watched a documentary about the Hoover Dam. The men drove trucks into the cave (leaving them on) and then several men died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Just like I am shouting, “I’m not that old.” I am shouting, “It was not THAT long ago! How did they not know?!” Such a simple way, with the knowledge of that poisonous gas, our world has changed.
Fashion changes so swiftly that now I ask advice from my eight year old, because sometimes I just don’t know “what the kids are doing these days.”
The world is spinning, spinning, changing in so many ways.
But then I read about the struggles of parenting in the seventies, and love affairs in the twenties, and people greedy for money during Biblical times, and I realize that people have really not changed at all.
We love our families, struggle with other people, desire riches and comfort, ask questions, eat food, learn just a little bit, and come to terms with God in one way or another.
For years and centuries and millenniums, human nature remains the same. We laugh about the details around us that change, but they are just that: details. And it all comes and goes so quickly. So, while I do love me some details, Lord, please help me focus on the big picture. I want kindness more that I want the popular opinion, I want to give more than I want to have, inner peace more than temporary happiness, wisdom more than entertainment, education more than possessions, love more than greed, and Jesus more than this quickly fading world.