While on my way to take Brandon to Lynchburg, VA to get all moved in to his dorm at Liberty Univeristy we all noticed a rather odd sign telling us what was just ahead on the road, we had just left I81 and had just passed the previous big attraction in this neck of the woods Virginia’s Natural Bridge. But now just ahead was FOAMHENDGE, what, pray tell, was this, well sure enough, just past the entrance to Natural Bridge, and near the wax museum, the Natural Bridge Caverns, and the Virginia Drive-through safari and the Natural Bridge Road-side zoo…. was Foamhenge, a full sized Styrofoam replica of Stonehenge. We didn’t stop but we did turn a wide-eye to this unnatural wonder. Upon returning home I turned to the authoritative source for tacky road-side attractions, RoadsideAmerica.com which revealed that Foamhenge is the creation of one Mark Cline (Washington Post article on Mark) who is best known for making full-sized dinosaur sculptures. I also discovered that there are several Stonehenge replicas scattered around North America including ones made out of junk cars and abandoned refrigerators. This little diversion got me to thinking about a couple of things, #1 the fascination with replicas, and #2 the fact that the replica never quite matches the impact of the original. Whether it is the 1/3 sized replica of the Eiffel Tower at Kings Island or reproduced Europe at Bush Gardens they still fall short.

On the spiritual plane there is an exception. Think about this from 1John 3:2: “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” Christians are being remade in the image of Christ, and He will get the process right! Next time you are frustrated with other believer or with yourself remember that when we are with Him, we all we be perfect, complete and remade.

1. How does this reality help you have patience with other?
2. How does this reality affect your view of yourself?