My sister recently shared a photo on Facebook of an old library card catalog. The caption read “This was Google in my day.”
The picture took me back to grade school when I learned how to use the card catalog. The brown colored catalog was the key that opened my world of learning. It was my partner in writing research papers and my guide to finding classic literature.
I remember the first time I went to the library to find the card catalog gone. In its place was a computer that housed the online public access catalog.
My world was rocked that day. The room started spinning, and I fell to my knees at the realization that life as I know it had forever changed.
I wailed in anguish. My dependence on this paper and pencil method was no longer available. It was all I knew. I loved the card catalog. I needed the card catalog.
My protests fell on deaf ears. The only thing the librarian could tell me was that times were changing.
Sometimes change can be hard. Until a few weeks ago, I still carried a 20 year old library card in my wallet. I had forgotten about it neatly tucked away in a seldom used compartment. I considered leaving it there just in case the card catalog comes back in style, but the librarian was right. Times are changing. They were also changing for the Israelites in Deuteronomy 31:6.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Before his death, Moses told the Israelites it was time for them to enter the Promised Land under the leadership of Joshua. But the Israelites were discouraged. Their life was about to drastically change just as it had forty years before.
They would be entering a new land to start a new life and Moses would not be with them. They relied on Moses. He was the person who led them out of slavery and the communicator between them and God.
Moses assured them that God would continuously be in their presence and repeats it again in Deuteronomy 31:8.
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
God knows what’s ahead and will always be with you to navigate the future.
The Israelites moved forward to their new home. It was not a smooth road they travelled and neither will it be for us. We can rest in the comfort of knowing that our Father will always be with us on this journey.
I let go of the card catalog system and have embraced the computerized system. Now I choose the books I want to borrow through a secure website, and by the time I reach the library, the books are waiting for me.
I also retired my old and now non-usable library card by storing it away in a safe place. Some things just can’t be thrown away.
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