First of all, NO SCHOOL TODAY, AGAIN!! You see, we keep getting snow, just a little each day, and all of the villages/townships are out of salt. The salt is stuck on a barge in Peoria, IL in a frozen chunk of the Mississippi River. The busing was treacherous yesterday, so they decided it wasn't worth the risk today. This seems to be a let's-have-school-every-other-day kind of winter. I am one who has a true appreciation for routine, and getting into a groove. We've got no groove here. I can't imagine how difficult it is for the teachers. And I'm really out of fun mom ideas. I have very few to begin with......By the time Monday rolls around, the kids will be begging for school.
Some thoughts from reading "The Year of Living Biblically" and I'm reading the book of Joshua right now. They did some wacky things in Old Testament times. I read yesterday about how the leaders of Israel did not consult with the LORD before signing a treaty, and that was a mistake. Because the folks they made a vow with were actually deceiving the Israelites. I have a commentary that I look at when reading the Bible. It's called "The IVP Bible Background Commentary," and it explains the cultural context of passages. It doesn't interpret the meaning of the passages, it just explains what life was like when this verse was written.
So my commentary explains that "consulting the LORD" usually meant using oracles. This could be casting lots, or some other kind of gross practices that you can research on your own, if you really need to know. I was thinking, wow, we don't do that today! I don't ask God a yes-no question and then roll the dice to get my answer. Hmmm.
And then I found myself kind of thinking of us today as being so much wiser and sophisticated than the people of those times. But wait a minute! Are we smarter? Yes, we have more knowledge, because we have the benefit of all of the wisdom accumulated through the ages. Look at the difference in technology from my childhood to my own kids' growing up. Records? No cell phones? You know.
But are the people who are turning a regular Nintendo game system into a Wii actually capable of more than Leonardo DaVinci was? But am I more intelligent than the average woman who had to spend a week once a month in a red tent? I don't think so. I don't think my cats today are more intelligent than cats were then. And I guarantee no dogs are smarter today. If they are, things must have been pretty sad back then. (tee-hee) Why would humans be different today than they were 3,000 years ago?
And, speaking of all this technology and getting smart, can't they figure out some other ways to get ice off of roads? Sheeesh.