Don’t you just love new things? The smell of a new car, the new recipe that turns out amazing, the new black dress that fits just right, the new earrings (not that I know much about that — I have a pair I’ve worn almost every day for about six years). But we love new things, don’t we?
I honestly love new experiences too, even just ordinary new things. Yesterday I had occasion to move a rather large van from point A to point B in DC. The van was full of middle schoolers’ sleeping bags and they were walking the city and meeting up with the van at the National Cathedral pictured above. To accomplish this I parked at the National Cathedral and then needed to make my way to China Town to pick up the van. I had intended to go by foot but got held up at work longer than expected (the meeting that was somehow marked cancelled on my calendar was not!). Realizing I didn’t have time to walk there I thought maybe I’d just grab a cab, but as I walked out to the main road, I came upon a bus stop. “Gee,” I thought. “I could just take the bus.” And I realized I had never before taken the Metro Bus. I’ve taken a bus from the Falls Church Metro to a parking lot in Reston many times, but in all these years of living here I’d never ridden on an actual Metro Bus.
The bus was full of kids, young kids. I read the sign that said that students ride free during the mornings and afternoons, and felt silly to just be learning that. I watched one boy about eleven reach up and pull the stop request cord somewhat tentatively. When he got off the bus, he turned to the driver and said, “Thank you, Sir.” It was a sweet little moment, and I don’t even know why other than it was new. Unlike these city smart kids I didn’t know where in the world the bus was going, I just got off near a Metro and took the train the rest of the way.
But what is it about us that craves new things? I love how C.S. Lewis writes about this concept in The Last Battle:
But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.
Yes, the Pevensies were about to embark on a whole lot of newness, and eventually we are too. Revelation 21:5 says, “He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Our longing for newness and eternity is written on our hearts by the Author of the Universe. One day He will make all things new! No wonder we love that new car smell!
Have a fabulous weekend and may you especially relish new things!