Years ago, a young man in our church wanted to do something special for our family. He approached me and asked if we had a microwave oven.
I’d heard about these newfangled contraptions. As far as I knew, owning one was like having a personal atomic nuclear reactor. I grew up in the days when nuclear war was in the forefront of everybody’s mind. We had school drills and we were to either jump into a ditch or hide under our tiny wooden desks. I’d watched the show “Flash Gordon” and seen how destructive microwaves could be.
Before long, the young man gave us a microwave. Since we weren’t sure what to do with it, we started out by using it to boil water for tea and hot chocolate. Next, we got adventurous and tried microwave popcorn. We’ve never looked back.
Recently, our 16-year-old microwave oven quit working. My wife and I stood looking into the big electronic box and realized nothing was happening. Life as we knew it came to a screeching halt.
I was talking to a friend about our microwave’s sudden death. She told me her grandmother had a microwave oven that she used for a breadbox.
I grew up in the era when every household had a breadbox on the kitchen counter. Nothing brings back warmer memories than the thought of Grandma’s homemade bread.
I’m partial to microwave ovens, breadboxes and the Word of God. Of the three, the one that will never go out of date is the Word of God. No matter what stage of life I find myself in, it’s relevant. When I was a child, the Bible was a book of wonderful stories that taught me about life. In my emerging adult life, it became a “lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105).
When I was a young father, the Bible was a book of blueprints that showed me how to build a family and raise up future kingdom workers. In my mid-adult life, it became a moral compass that guided me through a corrupted world. And in my sunset years, the Bible has become a book of comfort and hope that reminds me of the promises of our Lord.
Yes, things in our home have changed. We’ve gone from no television to a high-definition plasma screen and from a wood-burning stove to the latest microwave oven. The list goes on and on. The only thing that remains constant in the world is the Word of God.
Walker Moore is president of AweStar Ministries in Tulsa.