When I find a well-drawn character in fiction or biography I generally take a warm personal interest in him, for the reason that I have known him before–met him on the river.
– Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain
I wonder what it was like to live in the 1800s. The ideas and inventions of that time were countless and changed the way Americans lived until the dawn of the current age of technology.
It’s fun to think of how things might have been during Mark Twain’s lifetime. An easier, carefree existence where you could lay on a raft in the middle of the river and contemplate the clouds as you floated along, but was it?
Even Mark Twain complained of the lack of action in Congress and the foolishness of any who entered the political arena. I wonder how he would have reacted to this year’s political sideshow. Maybe things don’t really change much.
The human race hasn’t changed much either over time. We continue to have flaws, we achieve greatness through various processes, we love, we deceive, philander, cheat and lie. Much like the characters God tells us about in His Word.
I guess God’s lessons to us, through these very real characters in His book, are timeless. We can use them today as they have been adopted over time. It’s up to us to find the truth of those stories and use them.
Times of turmoil and anguish will live with us until we die, but we can rest in God’s promise of an eternal life of untarnished bliss when we reach heaven.
Revelation 21:4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”