August 6, 2023
Reflections from the Heart of Allan Redenius
There was a time in my life when things, that once were so very important, no longer have meaning.
Once upon a time, I annually listened to the Indianapolis 500 Memorial Day Race. Did Mario Andretti lead that lap, or was it A.J. Foyt? Both names from the distant past. Now the race is on television, and I don’t even watch it.
For a while, I was a Cleveland Indian (now the Guardians) baseball fan. This was a time probably before the Minnesota Twins were born. At any rate, whenever the Indians were on T.V. with Jimmy Dean and Pee Wee Reese as commentators, I was sure to be there. Jimmy Dean had a lot of memorable quotes, one of which was, “God is bigger than people think.” Today, I don’t care to watch baseball. But there is one thing that is still constant. I don’t like the Yankees. 😊
Where are we going, what are we doing on New Year’s Eve? In my younger days, to gather with friends on that night was a time to look forward to. Now I still love being with family and friends, as long as they go home by or before 10:00 PM. If they don’t leave, this is what I tell them. “You may stay if you want, but I’m going to bed.”
Oh yes, who can forget birthdays as a youth. There was a time I pressed my nose on the cold November kitchen window watching for the parade of headlights bringing my cousins for a night of fun. Now, celebrating a birthday is no big deal. I’m just glad to be here for the next year!
On the other hand, even as some things fade into the distant past, new things peek over the horizon. For those new adventures I am always seeking, ever looking. For instance, every day I keep my eye peeled to the eastern sky. It is there that the glory of the Lord will first appear when He returns. At the same time, my ear is ever sharp for God’s trumpet call—calling me home. For these things, I am ever vigilant.
Things of the past are in the past. Things of the future are yet to be. Live in the present. Never let your guard down and keep watching!
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