When I was growing up, I thought it would be so cool to be an archaeologist. Imagine spending your workdays discovering unknown civilizations and peering into tombs of former kings. Later on in life, the Indiana Jones movies came out and rekindled that fire.
While my husband worked as an interpretive naturalist, he was referred to as Louisiana Paul, but that’s a whole different story.
The truth is, it can’t be nearly as romantic as it seems. I wonder what will be said about our society when archaeologists start to dig up our past. Surely they will see that we were very wasteful. They will encounter mountains of disposable items such as diapers, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, etc. Not to mention the vast amount of electronic equipment. There will be caches of cell phones, computers, i-pads, i-phones, i-patches, fax machines, printers and so on; all of which became extinct within a matter of months.
The treasures they uncover will include fake jewelry, rusted out luxury cars, maybe a few pick-up trucks and several economy cars. Huge sporting venues will be revealed, just like the ones that amused the Romans so many years ago. The icons we worship today include everything but the One we should be giving our allegiance to.
A society is measured by what it leaves behind. I wonder what will be determined about ours. Is our wastefulness, selfishness and immorality going to tell the future inhabitants the kind of people we were?
Dear God, remind me of where the true treasure lies. There is no true value in things of this world. The real treasure is in your hands and it is freely given to us by you. I praise and glorify you for the lasting gift of eternity. Amen!