Thursday, June 17, 2010

The old made new




You never know what you might find on rural roads deep in the mountains.
"Look Asherel," I pointed out the window,"Dinosaurs!"
That was enticing enough for her to glance up from her iPod.
I was grateful for the stoplight for once. It gave us time to gaze at the brontosaurus munching grass beside the stegasaurus.
They towered over a nearby building with a sign that said, "Dinosaurs!"
What was particularly strange was that we were in a historic town founded in the early 1800's. Even if you subscribe to the new earth theory, that was well after dinosaurs roamed the Blue Ridge Parkway. The dinosaurs certainly gave new meaning to "historic preservation."
"What are they doing there?" asked the inquisitive one at my side.
"Hard to say since even when they were alive their brain's were the size of a pea and they never learned English. "

Our GPS was routing us on a scenic route though I had told it to take us on the fastest path.
I guess it felt that we had traveled the same old interstate too many times. Maybe even GPS units need a change of scenery every now and then.
But now I was glad for the winding route with bypasses through tiny near deserted towns with populations of 3. I admired the entrepreneurial spirit that drove someone to erect
giant dinosaurs in the hopes of luring the hurried,tired folks off the blistering interstates.

The ghosts of the old aren't always as apparent in the new settings. But it reminds me of Jesus's admonition that not one jot or tittle of the Old testament would become obsolete. Instead it would be fulfilled by the New. The bones of ancient beings become the earth that we walk upon. Nothing from the past is ever really lost. It is just changed.

We waved to the dinosaurs and continued on the new route to our ancient destination.

2 John 2: 5-7
5 But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him:
6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. 7 Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard.

Nothing is impossible with God
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