31th December 2012

Was That Really 50 Years Ago?

“For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7 (NKJV)

It is now 50 fifty years since we first heard The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Manfred Mann. I was 16 at the time, and I can still remember all the words of their songs.  I began to reminisce about my teen years, which were very happy. There is now a great interest in ballroom dancing. In York where I lived, at age 16 you could join an evening dance class and on Saturday night, hoped to put into practice what you had learnt. Girls sat on one side of the room and boys on the other.  The girls were like wallflowers waiting to be picked. Sometimes a not-so-handsome man would ask the prettiest girl to dance. She would refuse and he would walk away rejected. The plainest girl might never get asked. Looks are so important when you are young, but eventually will fade. We now have a multi million pound beauty industry to help us obtain and keep those looks.

God looks at the heart, and character is more important to him than looks, as with Kings Saul and David (1 Samuel 9:1-2 and 16:7).  God created falling in love and marriage (Genesis 2:24).  We read about Isaac and Rebekah in Genesis 24:67. Genesis 29:20 says “So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed only a few days to him because of the love he had for her.” At dances as teenagers, we hoped to find that special person, fall in love, get engaged, marry and go on honeymoon. As most of us left school at 15 or 16 and started work, many were married and buying their first home by age 21. Life seems so different today for young people, and many lonely people now turn to dating websites to find the love they seek.

God’s love for all of us is far greater than any human can experience, and will not fade with time or as our physical body ages. It is the part we can’t see that will return to our maker (Ecclesiastes 12:7). What a comfort to us to understand this.

Father, help us to remember that our physical bodies are temporary, but your love is forever.

Study by Dorothy Beardsmore

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