There's Something About Old Things
9/13/2012 by Rev. Mark Munson
I was reading my latest edition of "Reminisce Extra" magazine and came across the section entitled, "Ads from the old days". Reminisce does this in every edition. Sometimes it might feature John Deer tractors, or old washing machines, or old refrigerators, and some of them feature the cooling motor sitting on top of the refrigerator. We once had an old "ice box" refrigerator that sat in our houseboat. It literally had to have a block of ice put in the top section to keep the food cold. But this edition had ads about old typewriters. Remember those? You know, those new-fangled typing machines that came in suitcase carrying cases and that weighed a ton, or so it seemed. There were two ads from the 1930's featuring a Royal typewriter with "Durability", another about "The New Royal Typewriter" that was "Portable". Wow! Talk about "have typewriter will travel!" There was even an ad for the "Oliver, Brand New, Latest and Best Model" for only $57.00, down from $100, "A Fine Typewriter at a Fair Price". And that was back in the 20's! But when I saw the IBM Electric Typewriter of 1953, my thoughts and heart went back to my old Smith Corona Electra 220 Automatic! Now there was a typewriter, no doubt about it. I got that Smith Corona Electra 220 Automatic for my birthday in the seventh grade. That was after I had taken typing lessons in the Typing Class at my junior high school, in which I received an "A+", I might add, and I used that ole Smith Corona Electra 220 Automatic all through my junior high, high school, and college years, and yea, even up to the 1990's when I finally replaced it with a Compac Computer. Now, this typewriter, which still works, doesn't send e-mails, it doesn't save pictures on the dreaded facebook, it doesn't save any "papers" (programs to you non-typewriting computer people), nor does it spell-check or "cut and paste", but it does have a number 1 key and a "+, =" keys with a white ring around each key, and most important of all, a "Power Return". How about that? Does your computer have a "Power Return"? And guess what else? It never crashed on me! And I only had to buy ribbons for it three times in its career. Pretty good for an old Smith Corona Electra 220 Automatic, wouldn't you say?
But there's a thing to say for "old things". Something called "reliability" was built into the old things, and then there are some old ways that are still pretty darn good in my books. One of the old-things is called the Bible, the oldest and best selling book around. No book, in all of written history, has out sold the Bible. It is God's written instructions to keep us on the path to life as He meant it to be. Did you know that you, yes, you, are His highest creation? You were created above all the animals, plants, mountains, rivers, oceans, whatever, to be the very object of His love. Do you know that He thinks about you every day and wants so much to have a daily conversation with Him? He's got a plan for your life that just right for you, and no one else. It's specific, you see. And that's why He wants to lead you away from trouble, through the valleys, on the level plains, and to the mountaintops. And He's simply given you the greatest instruction book ever written to get it done. Why else would He tell us, "Thy word have I hidden in my heart that I might not sin against You"? (Ps. 119:11) He doesn't want us to fall into the pit. If we don't know the way to go, if we are unsure, He tells us, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not to thine own understanding." (Prov. 3:5) Why? Because If we don't know the way to go, how in the world can we know which way to turn? Why panic when you can sit back in peace and know that He will lead you in the right way? Why, His Word is a veritable "Lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path", Ps. 119:105. And if it's peace that you are looking for, He says, "Don't worry about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, along with thanksgiving, let your requests, your questions, your doubts, be known to God"...and look at this, "And the peace of God, which surpasses all of our understanding - we don't have to understand everything at the moment - will keep our hearts and minds at rest and at peace through Jesus Christ" (my translation). So, folks, there is indeed something to be said about old things. They are pretty good to rely on.
Of, and about my old Smith Corona, I think I'll stick with my computer because I do some-kind-of-like receiving pictures of my grand kids via e-mail, even if it is facebook.