The fourth of July is Tuesday, and along with that, lots of people will take a four day weekend. A great opportunity to be with family and friends and maybe burn a hot dog or two. I really love cooking on my gas grill. The only problem with that it’s really old, like 20 plus years, and the parts to make it work are no longer available. I know, I know, just go buy a new one, but I really like my old one. It is made of cast iron, and has ceramic brackets and and and. . . . . The new ones are just not the same, in my opinion, nor as good.
So, I made it a quest for almost two years now, to find replacement parts and salvage it: to no avail. Yes, I’ve gone on line, contacted the company who manufactures it, and . . . Nope!!! It is no longer supported; it is too old. Now I am faced with a dilemma, which new grill am I willing to settle for, and how long will I complain that “they just don’t make them like they used to.” I’m thinking the new grill will be on site before the fourth, and the complaining will go on for years. In fact, I may keep the old one and make it into a flower garden — kind of a shrine to all those burnt offerings I presented to my family over the years.
I think that in part, that is what the scripture is about. As the world moves forward, it is human nature to want to hold on to the past. There we have some control, we feel safe,and know what to expect. The scripture tells us that God’s plan is in motion, and welcomes us to anticipate and participate in God promise and hope. No burnt offering required.