One Foot in the Future
By Andy Lund
Come on! You say Abraham was 99 when God told him he would have a son?
Are you sure you are considering his needs as an aged person?
Reader: When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to
him and said, "I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless. I will
confirm my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers."
Official: What? How old did you say our client was?
Official: So, well into the third age, as it were?
Reader: Oh, yes.
Official: Had you considered the shock to system of a sudden appearance
of God Almighty, El Shaddai? Whilst we believe that those of more mature
years should have the benefit of exposure to many and varied stimuli-as
many as possible- we still do have to consider the impact of such an appearance.
Reader: Oh, right.
Official: And God Almighty spoke to him. How?
Reader: Well, by using the voice, I assume. That is the normal means
of oral communication.
Official: Had you considered the possibility of hearing impairment
in my client? Was there a loop system available, for instance? Had he been
offered any testing and the possibility of a discrete behind the ear device?
Reader: Well, no. I imagine not.
Official: And God Almighty actually appeared to him. Again I have to
sound a note of reservation here. Even though our client is of a reasonably
robust constitution, it is still not advisable to expose seniors to sudden
shocks such as the appearance of the Almighty. I don’t know about the condition
of Mr Abram’s heart but…
Reader: His name has been changed to A b r a - h a m.
Official: Does my client know about this alteration in nomenclature?
Reader: Oh, yes. He was informed by God.
Official: Only things of this nature - changes in circumstances and
familiar routines can be very disorientating for the more mature client.
Reader: Well, I feel sure God was aware of that but as you may know
there’s a lot in a name. God wanted to convey to Mr Abraham a certain change
in the role he had in mind for him.
Official: Well, there you go, changing routines and roles. All very
distressing potentially. What change of role are you implying here in any
Reader: From that of Abram, which as you may know means exalted father…
Official: I can only approve of anything that gives utmost credence
to the role of the older person in society.
Reader: ..to that of Abraham-Father of many.
Official: By which God means?
Reader: Well - Father of many really. Father of a whole new race which
will be dear to God’s heart and from which many will spring those who will
be God’s children.
Official: (having trouble choosing appropriate words) No, hang on a
minute….Just wait a second or two. Are you seriously telling me that God
is expecting Mr Abram…err .Abraham..to start performing, er, um, certain,
err duties which frankly are more suited…more suited to a younger man.
Because if you are I think I shall have to make serious representations
to the powers that be.
Reader: He is the powers that be.
Official: (embarrassed) Quite so. But really. Your "walking before
me" I can go along with and "being blameless" - all right, although it
does bring a certain restriction which I would prefer not to impose on
a man of Mr Abraham’s years. But as for increasing in numbers - well, really.
We do have to consider our client’s capabilities in all this.
Reader: So you are saying that Almighty God will find it impossible
to use a man of Abraham’s years in the fulfilment of his sovereign will.
Is that right?
Official: Well not exactly.
Reader: Well what exactly?
Official: It’s just that there are limitations, you know.
Reader: In Abraham or God.
Official: Um…in Abraham, I suppose.
Reader: Whom, God made and gave power and strength to carry out his
Official: Well yes, I suppose He did.
Reader: This being the God who created the universe from nothing?
Reader: The God who put every creature on the earth in the first place?
Reader: Including the human race. And who gave Abraham his life and
his future. A future that has implications for the history of the world?
Reader: You see, with our God there are no limits.
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