We truly do live in extraordinary times don’t we? Even people in their 20's can remember when there were no cell phones, MP3’s, or Smart TV’s. Now doesn’t that make some of you younger folks feel old?
But imagine being in your 60’s like me. In the 1950’s our telephone was tethered to the wall and had a rotary dial and there were "party lines". That meant that you shared a line with other people in the community and they could pick up their phone and listen in on your conversation! Our number was Gladstone 71088 and if you lived across town the prefix was either Garden or Gilroy. We had a wringer washer on the back porch and my momma bought our first black and white TV with rabbit ears in 1955. We had a whoppin' 3 channels to choose from and I Love Lucy and The Roy Rogers Show were among our favorites.
When I was married in 1973 we had advanced to color television but were still listening to music on vinyl records and 8 track cassettes. Any thought of inventions like the cell phone or something as bizarre as the Internet would have been considered purely science fiction—not to mention monumental advancements yet to be made in space exploration.
But if you think that seems like ancient history, my Grandpa, whom I knew well, was born in 1890 and lived to be 95. When he was young he traveled by either horse, covered wagon, or train. Experiments with “wireless telegraphy” were still embryonic and Marconi’s first radio patent wasn’t filed until 1897 when Grandpa was 7 years old. The Wright Brothers didn’t fly their first plane until he was a teenager—and it's just plain crazy to think that my 29 year old daughter was able to meet him.
When we consider how relatively little the world had changed up until the early 20th Century, compared to the rate knowledge is increasing in this generation, it absolutely boggles the mind! I can’t help but think of Daniel 12:4 “But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.". Don't you wonder if Christ will be returning soon?
The invention of the Internet was nothing short of astonishing and we've all come to understand just how easily it can be used for both good and evil. But what an incredible opportunity God’s people have been given here to spread the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ to His glory and for the encouragement of His people!
This is my final post here at Theology for Girls and on August 1st I’ll be setting this blog to Private. I’ve LOVED the time sharing my heart with you these past 5 years and meeting so many wonderful new friends. Now it’s time to say good-bye to this blog and focus my attention elsewhere.
I don't want to leave this blog up but I also don't want to just delete it because we have some great articles by guest writers such as those who contributed to the Women in Scripture and Women of the Reformation series. I'd like those articles and other resources here to remain available to anyone who wants them so if you'd like to continue to have access to this blog please let me know. Send me your email address and I'll add you to the Private readers list.
I want to thank all of my readers and those who have encouraged me along the way. The camaraderie I’ve shared with fellow bloggers and the interaction with our readers has been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had.
"The Lord bless you, and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine on you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance on you,
And give you peace.’
And give you peace.’