What goes around will most assuredly come around. Again.
I remember when “The Macarena” became popular in July of 1996. A catchy song with fun dance moves that anyone could learn quickly, it was an instant hit with young and old alike.
The lyrics were in Spanish, and it hit Miami first before bursting into the music scene of the rest of America. Naysayers didn’t believe a song with only Spanish lyrics would catch on.
How wrong they were.
It stayed on the charts for sixty weeks, an incredible run of popularity.
And it’s making a comeback–with my grands.
While our kids were here this past month, Macklin, almost five and a constant motion machine, would yell at Alexa to play this song. He would then break into dance moves that would humble the professionals who dance on “Dancing With The Stars”.
Almost 27 years have passed since this song had people everywhere swinging their hips and trying to sing along with the words. I told Mack that my kids had danced to that when they were young. With widened eyes, he glanced at his aunts and uncles and replied, “No way!”
It’s easy to believe that someone has come up with the next “new” idea and that creativity has sparked the unimaginable. Granted, the growth of technology and understanding of the logistics of our world has increased dramatically over time.
Basic ideas, stories, and thoughts, have all happened before. The sun rises and sets; generations of people come and go; good people try hard to alleviate the evil that always exists. People are born and die–life continues with shades of difference that aren’t dramatic.
Solomon said it best. A very wise man, he commented,
“History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.” Ecclesiastes 1:9
The downside of this is when we feel stuck with who we are or what we’re doing. When life feels mired in emotional and spiritual cement, there’s no perceivable way out.
Is there anything we can hope to be truly new in our lives? Where we can hope for honest change and help us on a new path, a refocus? To become unstuck from whatever has glued us to what and where we don’t want to be.
Jesus offers that.
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a NEW PERSON. The old life is gone; a new life has begun.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
A new life, new hope. Jesus offers what we can’t provide for ourselves–a fresh start, a clean slate.
And the song He sings over us is one that’s new and unique to who we are.
That’s worth dancing to.