Where New Things Stay New
- Denial: you can’t believe they’re asking you to pay so much for a car.
- Bargaining: you haggle with the salesperson until they get what they want
- Depression: you realize you’re now car–poor
- Anger: at the unnecessary options you purchased that won’t pay off in the long run
- Acceptance: the contract is signed; might as well enjoy your new ride to your new second job
For the first few weeks, you make every effort to keep the car brand-new. You accelerate slowly to extend your engine life. You coast on the exit ramps to save gas mileage. You Windex the windows daily and take extra care of the upholstery. And of course, no automatic car washes for your new baby.
You want your car to stay brand-new.
But the pampering ends at the first hint of imperfection. By the second month, engine wear and gas mileage are irrelevant, the paint on your hood is chipped, your door has a ding, and you routinely throw your junk in the backseat. That canister of “new car” scent will never be more than an imitation — a memory of what used to be. You accept that your car is no longer new.
Anyone who has children knows that they are born perfect; at least, they are perfect in our eyes. But life happens, and they will have scars. That’s when we remember our own wounds and imperfections and realize again:
“Nothing stays new forever.”
We fix broken things to make them “good as new.” We clean things to achieve “like new” condition.
But as hard as we try, will never get back to new.
Pursuing the Impossible
- New is a moment — an instantaneous event which, once passed, can never be revisited.
- New exists in time.
- New will always become old.
The Law of Entropy holds that the universe is always changing, driving towards an ultimate state of equilibrium and disorder. Without a guiding force (an intelligent force?) all order will become disorder.
Is there a place where all things can remain new? A place where the Law of Entropy does not apply?
All Things New
In the Book of Revelation, John describes God’s revelation of a new heaven and a new earth. John hears a loud voice from the throne in heaven saying:
“Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Rev 21:3-4, NIV).
Heaven is a wonderful place that’s missing something we’ve grown accustomed to: time.
Verse five continues:
“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!'”
God has given us a guarantee. If we choose to be with him after death, we will enter into eternity with the privilege of the new. But this new will never fade.
The new earth will stay new; the new heaven will stay new, and our new bodies will remain new forever.
In His glory, we will cheerfully give him praise and worship as we experience the fullness of his being and the majesty of his presence.
Worshipping God in heaven will literally never get old.
Image: About The Bible and its Story, Volume 10: Acts–Epistles, Apostles to Revelation, PD
About Jason B. Ladd
Jason is an author, speaker, Marine, and father of seven. He has flown the F/A-18 Hornet as a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (MAWTS-1) Instructor Pilot and the F-16 as an Instructor Pilot. His award-winning book One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview has been optioned for film adaptation. He is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency.