By Scott Harrup | November 16, 2012
With the announced closure of Hostess Brands Inc., some of the best-known baking aisle offerings will no longer be offered — Twinkies, Wonder Bread, etc.
Reading the news, I envisioned a burgeoning black market for Twinkie addicts. There’s no telling what a $1,000 worth of Twinkies purchased today will be worth in a year. Or in five years. Rumor has it they last forever.
Of course, the whole thing could be much ado about nothing if other companies buy Hostess’ product line and continue churning out the doughy icons.
The headlines raise questions closer to home. If the venerable Twinkie truly lands on the ash heap of history, what about other supposedly integral components of the world as we know it?
Over the years, I’ve watched pay phones and vinyl records and full-service gas stations and analog television and feathered hairstyles go the way of the dodo. None was a loss of epic proportions; each gave a nod to the old truism that “the only constant is change.”
Whether Twinkies ever find their way into our family pantry again, the most important changes are going on right under my nose all the time. As my children grow up, they leave behind personalities now populating vintage VHS family movies. (Did I mention the demise of VHS tapes?)
Despite the occasional pang of nostalgia, that’s really cause for rejoicing. Jodie and I want Lindsay, Connor and Austin to develop into the adults God created them to become.
The apostle Paul described life’s transitions and connected them with the greatest change of all — our transformation beyond this life when we live in God’s presence.
“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:11,12, NIV).
Yes, the only constant is change. And the best changes lie ahead.