We live in such a modern society that although many things are considered ancient history, it’s only been several decades that life has changed for some of us. I lived in the ancient days without cell phones, e-mail, Skype, and all the ‘taken-for-granted’ privileges that technology offers us today.
This weekend I took my two middle children on a trip back in time, we went to the United States Post Office. The line was a long on a Saturday afternoon, and I had to mail a box and didn’t want to pay the extra fees by going to one of the ‘advertised competitors’, so stand in line we did.
I observed my surroundings and I felt as if I’d just stepped out of a time machine, high ceilings, poor lighting, pale grey walls, weird echoes (no music in the background) old counters with pens that didn’t work, and the list went on and on. My son chimed in quickly and said, “Can’t we do this quicker Mom, this place takes FOREVER. You can’t e-mail these people to pick up the box?” I explained to my son how snail mail was still a very important part of our lives, and how we should appreciate the service the post office provides.
The opportunity presented itself to teach my children a lesson, and I did. There are so many times that we tend to look down on things that seem irrelevant, ancient, and of no use, yet the past has brought us to where we are, and we cannot forget that.
Today, be thankful for the yesterdays, for the things that seem irrelevant yet at times serve their purpose. Be slow to criticize or try to bring up to speed those who seem to be stuck in time, because maybe, just maybe, becoming ‘relevant’ would take away the identity, use and purpose they were intended to have.
I’m thankful the United States Post Office still does snail mail, I would have hated to pay $50.00 for a package I only paid $18.00 for, antiquated systems and all. Not only did I save money, but I was able to teach my kids a lesson on a chore-filled Saturday afternoon.
Take some time to honor the past, if it weren’t for the past, we wouldn’t have what we enjoy today.
“Remember that you were once slaves in the land of Egypt and the LORD your God redeemed you!”
Deuteronomy 15:15 (NLT)