You know it’s difficult to explain sometimes why I’ve never liked history. It’s not because I find it “boring” or because I don’t appreciate what’s gone on before me. On the contrary, history happens everyday. We step on the current pathway through the eternal journey every single moment of our lives. Whether or not we truly contribute to this ordeal on planet earth depends upon our involvement in eternal things.
One of my favorite play times as a young girl was “pioneers”. Creating trading posts on my best friend’s back porch, constructing storylines to weather the struggles of our make believe wagon trains, and either fighting or befriending the Indians occupied many hours of our young lives. In our innocence those times were romanticized and so much fun.
Maybe I don’t like history because it addresses over and over again the inevitable horrors of man’s inhumanity to man. Those without a clear picture of our Lord insist mankind improves. But this is in no way demonstrated either by history or in the present day. Our weapons of destruction simply become more intricate and sophisticated but accomplish the same goals. Today’s means of extracting truth from the most wicked of men uses complex medicinal agents or some intensely painful measures which threaten surefire death without cooperation instead of grisly chambers of horrible machines designed to separate skin and organs from skeletal structure.
As my regular readers know, I write primarily about relationship. Relationship between man and woman, and humanity and God. Included within that conundrum comes love, romance and sex, and the contrasts in those when viewed through the secular eye or through the superior eye of God. And what a contrast it is.
Mankind is evil at his core, so I must deal with what I can in myself and in others. Today. I write what is current in my world. Changes happen swiftly or they occur at the proverbial “snail’s pace”. Each day presents potential joy, trauma, tragedy, or triumph. And although the mechanics of our world have progressed to “technology”, nothing else has really changed. It’s interesting to note that my contemporary writing of today will one day be regarded as historical.
One thing is for sure: relationship and love will remain eternal. They transcend time and distance. They have been at the source of basic human need. Planted by our eternal Creator to draw us to Himself, humankind often supplants the link to a Savior with idols of all kinds. History proves this. And so do these contemporary times.
Lord, you’ve given me today. Today I have the opportunity and the privilege to do your will. Please help me to do this faithfully. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.