” Everything nailed down is coming loose!”
Those are the words that Gabriel used In Marc Connelly’s play, Green Pastures, as he was speaking to God about all the frustrating things that were happening.
I have come to believe that each generation tends to identify change as peculiar to its own generation. But change has always haunted man, and the person who cannot adapt to change can never adjust to life. One of the few permanent features of life is change itself.
For example, go back forty-eight centuries when an Assyrian wrote the following on a clay tablet that was dug up in Turkey: “Our eart is degenerate; bribery and corruption are common; children no longer obey their parents; every man wants to write his memoirs; and the end of the world is evidently approaching.” Sounds familiar doesn’t it.
Let’s look at something a little closer to our own time. A writer in the October 10, 1857 issue of Harper’s Magazine wrote: “It is a gloomymoment in history. Not for many years has there been so much grave and deep apprenhension, and never has the future seemed so incalculable as at this time. In France the political cauldron seethes and bubbles with undertainty; Russia hangs, as usual, like a cloud, dark and silent, upon the horizon; while all the energies, resources, and influences of the British Empire are sorely tried, and are yet to be more tried.”
An unsettled world is an age old problem that will always be.
As often sing to myself the words of an old hymn…
When darkness seems to hide His face
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid Rock I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.
This is my story…