By Judy Brandon
I was in the barn last Saturday going through some old “treasures” that we have stashed away in boxes. That is when I happened upon some containers protecting relics of our family’s past. It is amazing how soon we forget when things are packed away in long forgotten boxes. Then when we stumble upon them, our hearts are warmed by the memories.
First, I opened one box and found John Scott’s cherished baseball card collection. Those cards were always so important to him and memories of simple days of him buying and bargaining with friends to swap for new cards brought a smile to my face. As I looked through the scores of cards, I was reminded of a different time in our lives.
Then I happened upon Annie and Buffy’s Cabbage Patch dolls. Now that was some time ago…we had the most difficult time finding those dolls that Christmas because they were the hot thing. But we managed to do it and the girls were elated with their Cabbage Patch dolls. For years, those dolls were a constant comfort and source of play for Annie and Buffy. Memories of innocent and sweet little girl play came back to me in full force.
Next I found our wedding pictures. Now that was many years ago! But there they were … Charlie and I were much younger, naive and just in love.
Memories came flooding back to me in the barn that day. Then it came to me: It just seems that the world was a much safer one then. The world may have been as terrible as it is today, but in my mind, I have a hard time thinking that it was.
I realized again how the world changes with time. Just seeing all those treasures of our family’s past, I thought of our world today and how long the chasm from early family memories to our present world. We are consumed with other issues these days. When the news has been filled with terror, killings, beheadings, invasions, explosions … I found that day in the barn a sense of escape looking at baseball cards.
I hear of children starving and dying all because of the hate-oriented evil hearts of adults … I found that day some comfort in looking at those Cabbage Patch dolls and reflecting on the good life we all had as our children were growing up.
When the news reaches us of crashing economic financial markets, the invasion of other countries, the terror warning raised … I see the simplicity in simple gifts that seemed to satisfy so long ago.
I am assured that God, who sees and knows all hearts of men and women, looks down in sorrow at the predicament of our world.
What is our responsibility? Luke 21:36 says: “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”
When will God decide to bring all this evil to a halt? No one knows, but we can only be prepared. Jesus himself said: “So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (Matthew 24:44).
How will it happen? Matthew 24:31 reads: “And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”
When that time comes, all these atrocities and all these terrible
situations will cease to be problems. Jesus Christ will take care of all matters, whether in the hearts of men or in the circumstances of their lives.
Judy Brandon is a Clovis resident. Contact her at: