Photo and Commentary ©2020 by Robert Howson
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Nature is filled with replications, sometimes offered to provide concealment through camouflage. At other times this mimicry furnishes an advantage to the hunter. But it appears as though humans are the only ones to employ this tactic for the sake of vanity. Consider a case in point. In a city that has more than its fair share of tourists, Dublin, Ireland takes special care to ensure its residents and visitors alike enjoy the green that is Ireland. To that end, a huge park is maintained within the parameters of the city. Thus, Phoenix Park is lighted in a manner that recalls the ambiance of yesteryear, a bit of nostalgia if you will. But this bit of the past is in appearance only, for the gaslights have been reworked and now are operated by conventional electricity. I’m sure the city fathers of the long-ago gave careful consideration to the economic factors dictating such a change, but I found this lack of authenticity a tad disappointing.

Have you found yourself biting into something, only to discover what you thought you were getting was only desirable in appearance? Maybe it was that first bite of the pink cotton candy at the fair that looked so inviting to a seven-year-old. Or, you can fill in the blank for the attraction that fits your current stage in life.

As a committed Christian, have you ever wondered, after you’ve blown it once again, if you really are genuine? If you’ve committed yourself to Christ, then why do you keep making the same mistakes? It’s a valid question, one that deserves an answer. 2 Corinthians 1:22 provides us with the assurance that God will complete the work He has begun in us. “God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit he as stamped us with his eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete.” (MSG) That’s great news for those of us who live in a world where certainty is under suspicion. God never gives up on us. Our task is to never give up on Him.