“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”. (Genesis 1:1)
In 1939 the New York World’s Fair followed on the heels of the Great Depression. It was a time of great hope and healing and all eyes were on the future ~ a time of new beginnings. The opening slogan of the Fair expressed that hope with the claim of a “Dawn of a New Day”, and it allowed a glimpse into the world of tomorrow. And the official New York Fair pamphlet read:
“The eyes of the Fair are on the future – not in the sense of peering toward the unknown nor attempting to foretell the events of tomorrow and the shape of things to come, but in the sense of presenting a new and clearer view of today in preparation for tomorrow; a view of the forces and ideas that prevail as well as the machines.”
“To its visitors the Fair will say: Here are the materials, ideas, and forces at work in our world. These are the tools with which the World of Tomorrow must be made. They are all interesting and much effort has been expended to lay them before you in an interesting way. “Familiarity with today is the best preparation for the future.” (Wikipedia)
Beloved, soak in this quoted phrase from the 1939 World’s Fair pamphlet and let us journey through and beyond the Great Depression.
Today, in America we can only read about and perhaps a few vaguely remember the economic times that clouded our country in the Great Depression in 1929–1936. It was the longest, deepest and widest spread depression of the 20th century. But with a limited perspective, a limited worldview, our present generation can merely offer sympathy for the economic condition of our parents, our grandparents during those barren years. In that greatest generation only a few remain who can remember those days. But one need only imagine that to finally leave such an economic state must have been an exciting time bringing with it the exhilarating hope of new beginnings in ~ “the Dawn of a New Day”.
And as with any special celebration there would be an abundance of food and beverage offered, for a price, at the 1939 World’s Fair. What better time to celebrate and introduce these new beginnings than with the unlimited feast of a Smorgasbord. Yes, a Smorgasbord. A word synonymous with choice and individual taste, and so fitting for the new beginnings of the 1939 World’s Fair, and fitting for our generation today. Especially, after one can imagine the many years in a great depression in which food would have been scarce for some, or quite commonly not available at all for many.
So yes, in 1939 it is the “Dawn of a New Day” and this new hope that would be fully celebrated with an abundance of food, and presented in a banquet of choices – a Smorgasbord. And New York highlighted this buffet style table as it was laid out with many small dishes so bountiful in rich foods from which to choose, as many as one wished and as many as one could afford. It is the “Dawn of a New Day” and “Familiarity with today is the best preparation for the future”.
Beloved, as we continue this journey beyond the Great Depression and beyond the celebration of the 1939 World’s Fair we travel into God’s word; but keep “top of mind” the slogan of the day.
“It is the “Dawn of a New Day” and “Familiarity with today is the best preparation for the future”.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”. (Genesis 1:1)
~ In God’s New Beginning, in the Dawn of His Great Day let us journey and reveal what a Great Depression, The Dawn of a New Day, and a Smorgasbord can possibly have in common with God’s word and the very first verse of Genesis. And beloved remember, “Familiarity with today is the best preparation for the future.”
Yesterday, as I journeyed in God’s word I found myself somewhat burdened in perplexity as to how it is possible for anyone to disbelieve in God, in the totality of what God says in his word? He makes everything so perfectly clear. Throughout the day three thoughts were top of mind.
First of all, the eyes and heart of that belief must be opened to and in the Good News.
A complete belief in the totality of God begins with God and in all that He says about Himself. That belief is rooted in what He says, and in what He accomplished in His sovereign Will through His Son, Jesus, on the Cross, belief in His bodily resurrection, and the belief in His final return. All for His Glory. ~Amen
Secondly, in God’s word we do not get to pick and choose our beliefs ~ like a Smorgasbord. God’s word is more than a banquet, more than a feast, but we must accept all of God’s word, or we accept none. And most importantly, the spirit of God must be present to guide us daily in our lives and in His word. ~ ~Amen
Thirdly, it is free. Yes, free for all. God has already paid the price of our feast through the great sacrifice of His Son, Jesus, and in that day God endowed and endows us with His Holy Spirit. ~~~Amen
With those three thoughts in mind where then would one then begin to accept all?
Beloved, we begin at the beginning, with the very first verse of God’s word. In Genesis 1:1, the very first verse in God’s Book of Beginnings. Beloved, there can be none other than the totality of belief in God, in the God of our creation and His word. It is then and only then do we come out of our famine, out of our great depression, and feast in the totality of the Smorgasbord of God’s word and truly celebrate ~ The Dawn of a New Day”.
And in doing so we remember even all that we did not experience but all that we learned from the past and passing generations ~” Familiarity with today is the best preparation for the future”
New Beginnings ~ I just love the sound of those two simple words. So exhilarating to breathe in deeply and exhale slowly ~ New Beginnings ~ Amen: Y
Enjoy the Banquet of Belief in New Beginnings – it is More than a Smorgasbord of Morsels.
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.”
“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.” (John 1: 1-3)
“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; he puts the deeps in storehouses” (Psalm 33:6)
“to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever”. (Psalm 136:5)
“Thus says God, the Lord,
Who created the heavens and stretched them out,
Who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
Who gives breath to the people on it
And spirit to those who walk in it;
I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness;
I will take you by the hand and keep you”. (Isaiah 42:5)
“I did not speak in secret, in a land of darkness; I did not say to the offspring of Jacob, Seek me in vain, I the Lord speak the truth, I declare what is right”. (Isaiah 45:18)
“Men, why are you doing these things” We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. In past generations he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways. Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness. Even with these words they scarcely restrained the people from offering sacrifice to them.” (Acts 14:15-18)
“The God who made the world and everything in it being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man”. (Acts 17:24)
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through him and for him.”
“And, You, Lord laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed, But you are the same, and your years will have no end.” (Hebrews 1:10)
“By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible”. (Hebrews 11:3)
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created”. (Revelation 4:11)
My prayer, my deepest heart’s desire is that you would feast in God’s banquet of belief, and if there is even a morsel of unbelief that you would just pray in blind faith as a desperate Father prayed for his son, “I believe, help my unbelief”. (Mark 9:24) Amen :Y