My friend, may I ask you a question? You and I aren’t much in the way of display since God is constantly crafting, molding and changing us, even taking us apart and putting us back together again. What kind of display would that be?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

I enjoy visiting museums of natural history. I am fortunate to have one of the finest of these museums within an hour’s drive of here. Truly magnificent in every way, these museums are the work of some of the finest artists in the world, represented throughout by some of the most amazing and accurately detailed dioramas you’ll ever see. Holly and I recently visited the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky. If anyone has ever taken the art of diorama and automated art to the extreme, it would be the folks at Answers in Genesis, who produced and designed it. The dinosaurs, birds, mammals and, for that matter, humans on display are so realistic you really do get the feeling they are as close to real as possible. Truly amazing is the detail, right down to the smallest of insects they plug into their exhibits. One thing I did notice, however, especially when viewing the smaller insects and tinier creatures in the displays, things become more cookie cutter in approach, as they say. Where the larger creatures are mainly their own work of art, the smaller they get the more often you will find artistic duplication. There’s simply no way to craft everything individually when you reach the smaller parts of the exhibit. For that matter, , so as far as realism goes, since every larger crafting is made of polypropylene or stuffed somehow, realism is at best skin deep.

It’s obvious that the aim of every display and diorama is to project things as real as possible. To do so they’ve enlisted digital sound, state of the art materials that look and feel like skin, even subtle smells that work on your subconscious senses. Ultimately, however, there’s no substitute for the real thing. Sounds are still projected, movements are nothing more than mechanical. Their ultimate purpose is to portray, mimic, reflect and suggest, but their purpose really has little to do with replacing the reality of presence. Nothing chemical or mechanical can even come close.

In his letter to the church at Philippi, the Apostle Paul wrote: “I want to know Christ–yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me” (Philippians 3:10-12). This museum dioramas at the Ark Encounter were wonderfully crafted, but they were crafted for a purpose: to be on display at the Ark Encounter. You and I my friend are hand-crafted as well by the greatest of artists and designers bar none, God the Father. He did not craft us, however, to be on display in our own little spiritual museum window. That would indicate somehow that all we needed was a bit of maintenance from time to time, a quick cleaning, and we’d be on display for everyone to see what a handcrafted piece of Christian artwork ought to look like. No, none of us are much of a display in that sense since God is constantly crafting, molding and changing us, even taking us apart and putting us back together again. What kind of display would that be? One day we look passable and the next were in pieces. We’re not here to be seen but used. Displays collect dust and fade, and that’s the one thing God never intended for his works of art, you and me. He’ll take us apart before he let’s that happen. Rest assured. When you start feeling like your a Christian sight to see, disassembly may soon follow.

We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for making us terribly useful and extremely dispensable. When we become too fixed on what we look like as Christians, the consequence is often that we’re no longer useful. Forgive us Lord when we become content with images, when utility is the only good reason we’re here at all. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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God bless you for Jesus sake.

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