Column -The world is moving on, but needs God’s guidance

Published 5:14 pm Friday, July 14, 2023

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 “So teach us to number our days so that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

At one time in history, writing took the form of characters like these:

*This is for today’s world (

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In the mid-1930s, grade one, day one, I began to learn the Locker System of handwriting. We did exercises to help us form the letters correctly, ergo, I never learned to print. Years later as a teacher I found few students who were able to do handwriting. 

Now the computer age and social media and texting have almost eliminated writing by hand. Tomorrow’s communication system may yet make another change. Our evolving world could someday have another form for communication, such as AI or ASI, or something else might become a trend. We do not know what tomorrow holds for us. 

Shortly after I began using the computer, I journaled my thoughts this way:

“From wintering skies rises late the sun and earth’s darkness quickly disappears. The first rays break through and overcome the night. Another day is dawning. It will have the same hours, the same minutes, and for many of us, the same activities. For others, there will be change. For both, the moments will pass quickly or slowly as we gain new information, listen for new sounds, for new ideas that demand planning, ideas that consume our time.”

Our lives swing like the pendulum of a clock as we move from task to task, plotting, strategizing, trying to foresee the future, remembering activities, schedules to keep and jobs to do, all measured by our 24-hour day. People are moving in that automated circle of time day in and day out, even with the future unsecured. We all await the moment when our plans will become reality, not understanding that may never happen. Will ancient time again squander the longings of the heart?           

Without hope, man feels the need to fight for his existence, an unintended consequence of God’s plan as He laid it out in the beginning. The creator and sustainer of the universe devised for each of us a plan, a coloration. He gave gifts to man, no two completely identical. When God outlines our day, is the organizer of our way, we remember to wait. Can He not, will He not fulfill His plans in us when we trust Him to do so?

We need a daily devotional life, a time when we stop hurrying, running, and moving. A time when life is put on hold while we sit at Jesus’ feet, and allow His word, the Bible, to refresh our souls, to cleanse, rebuild and revitalize our spiritual lives. The Psalms remind us to “wait on the Lord.”  We need God’s Light to show us our way. We need to “take time to be holy” to “speak oft with our Lord” while the world rushes on. We need a place and a time where our souls can catch up with our bodies. It will change us. 

Today’s world is rapidly becoming a broken system of opinions and ideas by those who have not studied the sourcebook, the Bible. They don’t understand they cannot make right choices while leaving God out of their lives. If only we could believe that the God who first gave us life can give us new life when we give the old one to Him and place ourselves in His hands. The apostle John wrote about what Jesus came to do, “In Him was the Light of life…the Light was the light of men. It shines in the darkness and the darkness does not comprehend it (John 1;14.) 

Myrtle V. Thompson, now age 95, resides in Suffolk and is a writer and author of books available on