I have such great memories of the 1964-5 New York World’s Fair! Was a teenager, who the year before had responded to the invitation to receive Jesus Christ into my life. A brand-new believer, who knew nothing about the Bible. When I say nothing, I sadly mean it! Listening to the Good News on the radio, I grabbed hold of what I was hearing. Lunged toward Him in simple faith. That started the great journey of my life.
The next year, my Dad and I were off to the World’s Fair! We lived maybe an hour from Flushing Meadows, where the World’s Fair was held. Went twelve times during those two years. Twelve times! My Dad loved it almost as much as I did. He never would have gone on his own for my mother was content to stay within the four walls of home.
All those sights, sounds and smells of the New York World’s Fair! We gawked at exhibits by General Motors, Walt Disney, General Electric, and Michelangelo’s marble ‘Pieta’ in the Vatican Pavilion. First time for a Belgian Waffle–yummy, yummy in my tummy!
Memories still vivid. One has had a lasting impact on my life. It was at the Billy Graham Pavilion. Yes, he had one at the Fair! There I signed up for my first Bible study course, which included the gift of a modern translation of the Bible. I still treasure it. I thank God for Billy Graham. He was the one I heard on the radio the year before. Now, it’s time for getting into God’s Word.
As Job said: ‘…I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread'(Job 23: 12). It’s God’s Word I took away with me from the World’s Fair. The Bible is the treasure God has given me to learn of Him and to love Him. What could be better? The same gift that Jesus gives to you. Better than Belgian waffles! Better that the whitest marble masterpiece! The Bible…more meaningful than ever, decades and decades after the gates were closed forever on that New York World’s Fair!
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for people who share Jesus. May I be one who does that for someone else today. In His name. Amen.