“Gram, why do you like old things?” Lydia asked.
I knew she meant some furniture and accessories in the house and not her G-daddy. 🙂
My granddaughter’s perspective of old is not quite the same as mine, I am certain. Old wood pieces create an atmosphere of strength, yet give a soft balance to the rooms. They seem to settle me somehow.
A bedside table made by my great grandfather for my grandmother when she married in 1908 stands beside my modern four-poster queen bed. Often I let my fingers linger on the visible nail heads and wonder at a man, connected, but unknown to me, who fashioned a gift for his daughter so long ago.
The pieces I have from the past anchor me in this fast paced, relentlessly changing, upside down – roller coaster journey we call life. Those things from another era help to establish a newness in my spirit, a firmness in a frantic world. A link to the past, but appropriate for today.
God’s word is that like. Bringing calmness, feeding the soul, forever relevant in the daily concerns.
The words of the prophets, Paul or the Gospel writers are ageless expressions of an unfailing love, bringing sameness into the confused scenes of today, giving hope for every generation. Jeremiah knew the answer centuries ago. God’s great love and mercy are for the moment. They are still new every morning, for every issue. We cannot discover new words; we can only discover new meanings, new insights into current situations.
There is a secret to living in the exploding moments of the now but resting in the comfort and truth of events that ushered us through the past. Being anchored to the Author is necessary for the newness, the calmness for today’s chaos.
We can live in the reality of today, knowing His mercies indeed never fail.
While I am eclectic in my décor, I cannot be in my devotion.
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23