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Updated on February 5, 2018


The sun's golden rays beam over the eastern horizon.

Rising to a new day a thought also beamed through my mind: why not take a ride ‘round about those old familiar places; you have not done so in a while; see what they're like now; how have they changed, if they have.

Shortly beyond mid-morning, I did just that. I entered my car and headed out. Having lived in that city for several years (ah, maybe too long?), I knew my "whereabouts" (just about every nook and cranny), where I was going, cruising those familiar streets. I anticipated a walk through again a couple of shopping malls I hadn't been to in a while.

With the Passing of Time

Wow, was I impressed, or maybe depressed? It wasn't as I had remembered. The malls, once busily populated with shoppers. (Of course, it was early in the day and early in the week.) Nevertheless, those malls now were nearly half empty of stores; streets and sidewalks, too, as I'd noticed in driving about were in need of repair; fixtures along the highways weathered. (Understandably so, I guess, considering the passing of time.)

It being winter was not much help as well in impressing me with the "good things" of life —of what has been. Or, was it helpful after all in influencing me with the better things of God—what He had in store for me that day.

In a word, to describe it all, perhaps could be deterioration. Changes in process everywhere, not just in my city but all around the world, I'm sure. Stores move from one location to another, for more business—moving out of a lessened population, to where the crowds are.

Observing that day of what has been, the words of Jesus ran through my mind, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away," (Matthew 24:35; Luke 21:33).

Hence, in this time, I'm aware that nothing lasts forever, except people and the Word of God—the Good News proclaimed to the world to rescue people from the traps of this physical domain, the lures and deceptive snares of the evil one.

A Better Day Coming

Deterioration! But unlike what is to come in the last days, according to God's Word. But I can take heart, Jesus is "making all things new," no more deterioration, and better than "improvement": a whole new world.

But that day is yet to come— ah, oh glorious day, come. Until then, however, I can only attempt to imagine, as written in the Bible, "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him," (1 Corinthians 2:9).

The Life Application Study Bible notes, "We cannot imagine all that God has in store for us, both in this life and for eternity. He will create a new heaven and new earth (Isaiah 65:17; Revelation 21: 1), and we will live with him forever."

Until then, perhaps many more trials and testings will come, and still further deterioration. And I'm sure there'll be a continued roaming about through this physical time. But, so journeying on, I must be careful not to give my days merely to worldly endeavors that have no real meaning and purpose. Nor let my attention focus on material wealth and possessions – jobs, career, profession; such is God’s provision for support laboring in the greater cause. (See Matthew 6:25-33.)

How depressing and distasteful it can be wading through the murky, stagnant sea of this corrupt, dark world, which has been deteriorating, as recorded in the Bible, since Genesis chapter three. But having recognized the real world – the forever one – the wading can be done with joy and gladness, knowing Jesus, the Christ (Messiah); He has gone before us and yet walking with us, guiding and protecting us all the way. Hence, realizing His presence, we also recognize a higher more purposeful ambition and call. That of sharing the Good News of Jesus, under the direction of the Almighty Three-in-One, to rescue people from the deterioration that is to come, that they may live their life anew in God's Kingdom of everlasting light, peace, and harmony.

© 2016 Charles O Newcombe


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