One of our daughters is a professional Renaissance Seamstress; sewing authentic gowns and garb for Renaissance Fairs. Part of her product line is caparisons, an ornamental covering worn by horses in jousting tournaments. I love seeing the animals dressed for faire.
In preparation for the fairs, much research is done to authentically re-create every day activities and fashions. Great expense and time is taken to be accurate in the portrayal of a time that is nearly 400 years gone by.
It gives one pause to think if perhaps the times we currently live in will be copied 400 years from now. Maybe fairs will be held featuring facades of fast food eateries and malls? Certainly, the people during the Renaissance had no idea they would be emulated in the centuries ahead!
Society changes, customs change, speech patterns change. New inventions make our lives more comfortable, less complicated. The only constant ‘we’ have throughout the ages is God. No matter what goes on in the world, no matter our circumstances, God is the same yesterday, today and forever.
God’s plan for our individual lives hasn’t changed either! We are created for relationship with the Lord. There is a need within each of us that only God HIMSELF can fill. Talking about God and knowing about God does not fill the need in our heart to have one on one intimacy with Him.
No matter how hard we try to fill that ‘need’ in our life, only a relationship with Jesus can fill the empty place in our hearts. Many try to fill that need with activity, addictive substances and even theology. Being a Christian isn’t about knowledge or rules; it’s about relationship. Through that interconnection, our desires are changed and our lives are given purpose.
Today, let us begin to seek the Lord, to fill the emptiness in our heart with His presence. The Lord does not change; He still wants to have an intimate relationship with me—with you.
Malachi 3:6 “I the LORD do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.
Prayer: Father, I thank you for the gift of relationship through your son, Jesus. I’m blessed to know that you love me so much that you, the creator of the universe, the great and mighty God, want to spend time with me; to listen to me. Help me to get to know you more, to enjoy your presence in my life. Amen.