The other day I was “organizing” my refrigerator. I am a little particular about how I like things organized in drawers, closets, cabinets and the refrigerator. My daughter just thinks I like to make a big mess and torment her with the possibility that I won’t put things away. (Had I known this was an effective method of torment, I would have used it earlier and more often in her life…). 🙂 But anyway…I prefer certain things grouped together, some things hopefully out of reach of miniature people, like things together…you know–ORGANIZED. During the course of organizing, I checked the expiration dates and tossed out the things that had come to the end of their usefulness without killing us with poisons and toxins.
People like to joke about cleaning out the refrigerator and all the crud that gets shoved to the back–you know, those SCIENCE experiments. I try not to grow too many of those, and it is nice that we now have dates printed on our necessities that warn us in no uncertain terms that it is time to dump the unused portions.
In the past, we had rather unscientific methods of testing for freshness–the SNIFF, the WHIFF, the TASTE, the FUZZ, the SHAKE…not exactly the best methods, especially since some of those rotting items have mold spores that can zoom right up your nose when you SNIFF and WHIFF, not to mention taste. Yuck!
Our modern generation acts as though anything that predates them is Expired. I am so sorry, but I am not dead. Nor is my brain, although that may be open to interpretation. Just because something is OLD does not make it USELESS. But conversely, just because something is OLD does not make it USEFUL either. And just because something is YOUNG does not make it USELESS or USEFUL. There is that little annoying factor of PROVECHAR (spanish for making good use of what you have) that determines whether you are or are not useful.
At my house, there are some little grandchildren who just LOVE Thomas the Train. Those stories are filled with great lessons on being a REALLY USEFUL ENGINE. He makes mistakes, he learns from his mistakes, he wants to be a really useful engine. That is a lesson for all of us…unfortunately we don’t always want to learn, or admit that we NEED to learn, from our mistakes. But I am now digressing…
Expiration dates…sigh…young people have their own definitions. Mind you, they are WRONG, but that doesn’t mean they don’t believe them.
I think it is safe to say that many people have this view of biblical truth. Somehow we seem to believe that we reach of point in our vast knowledge of human experience and believe that we surpass that infinite and eternal knowledge of God. Our limited, finite, prone-to-failing minds can somehow eclipse the ETERNAL and INFINITE wisdom of ALMIGHTY GOD??? Really? I am shuddering at the sheer idiocy of that reality.
I was sharing with some friends the other day, to encourage them through their current trials and difficulties and commented that I was glad God’s Word did not have an expiration date. That His Word continues to hold value and comfort and truth for us today, after so many years. There is comfort in that for me. Something to hang my hope on when life is difficult in this earthly realm. As I study the life of David and his fight for his life against Saul, the relevance of the lessons being taught are just as good for us today as they were “back in the day.” The big question is do we put an expiration date on God and His Word, or do we find it “really useful” each and every day?
8 But of the Son he says,
“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom.
9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”
“You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands;
11 they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment,
12 like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed.
But you are the same, and your years will have no end.”