Mon., Mar. 14/22
Today in our area is recyclable plastics pick-up day. In just a few moments a big crusher truck will appear, collect our blue bin contents and be off. As far as I’m concerned we’re done with it! But for the plastic, the journey has just begun…
Boy, after a day like that our plastics must be thinking like Alice, “I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then.” And, “I can’t go back to yesterday, because I was a different person [er, plastic] then.”*
The journey of life is much like that. I am now 70. As much as I think I might like to, I can’t go back and be 35 again… I can’t undo the changes in my body… the changes in my life decisions… or their consequences, positive or negative. I can only go forward… to more changes… changes that will not allow me to come back to now.
It can be scary and strange undergoing great transformation. You can become nervous, uncertain even who or what you are… what you will yet become. And, like Alice, there is no going back to what you once were.
At this juncture it is best to reflect upon the well-known wisdom of American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
There’s no going back, so we may as well embrace what is ahead. For those who look to the Creator, trusting in the Christ, the day will soon come when our transformation will be complete. Then we shall find ourselves a wonderful new creation — a creation which now we cannot imagine!
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Cor. 2:9, NLT /Isa. 64:4).
* Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass