She switched her CD player to the next song on the line up. "If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair." The original lyrics to "San Francisco" by John Phillips kept playing as she bobbed her head up and down, dressing up for the hippie festival down the street. She threw on her faded hipsters and an orange tee shirt showing a black girl with afro hair. She stuck a yellow flower in her own hair and went on a cascade down the stair-case. It was going to be a lovely hippie day in San Francisco...
*Hippie*: originally a youth movement that began in the United States during the early 1960s and spread around the world. Hippies sought to free themselves from societal restrictions, choose their own way, and find new meaning in life. One expression of hippie independence from societal norms was found in their standard of dress and grooming, which made hippies instantly recognizable to one another, and served as a visual symbol of their respect for individual rights (wikipedia).
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I found myself reflecting today on how traditions and cultures have slowly changed as the 21st century has continued to move along. A lot of traditions have been modernized, still keeping their ancient secrets and laws, but yet flowing with the times and seasons. A lot of traditions have kept their stringent laws, not willing to let go. They have discarded the livid younger generation, their children who are not willing to bow down to strange gods. Those ones haven't changed. Today, we can still find hippies, wearing the very same clothes that their ancestors wore in the 70s, and I adore them for their strong sense of connection. They are still the same. Others have changed a little, allowing new fashions and trends into their societies.
I see my thoughts as an opportunity to reveal to you the One who created the times and the seasons, the Almighty God. The Master of traditions, both old and new. The Maker of heaven and earth...Who was, is, and still is to come. He created them all.
So what about Him? The dilemma here is that the younger generation does not know that He has a fashion sense also for the 21st century. They see Him as the God of Moses and Elijah, but not as the God of this generation. But I tell you, until you begin to see Him as the God of our generation, He will not make an impact in your life.
Oh, He is so modern. He designed the human brain to evolve with the times. He gave architects the wisdom to design the sky-scrapers and the modern day state-of-the-art residences. He gave us the intelligence to build new bridges and underground tunnels. He even gave the unction for people to create modern musical instruments to glorify His Name. He is as modern as it gets.
Do not relegate your Maker to the God of the old days. He still is present and evident in our every day life. Those things that He spoke before, still stand today. And He is still speaking...
But are you listening?
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