County and Georgia, if not the whole country, lost a visionary and a remarkable
man recently with the death of Andy Davis. His art through sculpture can and
will never be equaled and neither will the passion and creativity he held in
his heart and his hands. He touched not only McDonough, but all those with whom
he came in contact, and we who knew him are far better for having known him and
experienced him. And, being around Andy was truly an experience you never
As the news began to
spread around Facebook and other social media, the first responses were “this
cannot be real. It must be a mistake.” But, as more details became known, the
reality began to spread over McDonough with a tangible feeling. Our City was no
longer the same. But, it was real. As much as we did not want it to be, it was
real. I also have friends on Tybee that have lost loved ones in recent weeks
and months and their grief and sorrow is real. The world they have known is no
longer the same. What they thought was real, has changed.
As you think about
the world about us, it seems that few things are real any longer and it is
becoming increasingly difficult to determine reality. False fingernails look
real; all manner of plastic surgery and procedures, if done well, can turn back
the clock and cause us to look much younger and fresher than we actually are;
we wear different types of hair pieces that changes our appearance temporarily;
your house may have cracks and holes that can be covered up with some paint so
that you wouldn’t know they were there, but the problems are still underneath,
so you see a false reality; and on and on. Are those really your favorite
musicians singing, or are they lip-syncing? It seems that our world today is
intent on disguising what is real with what is unreal.
So, the question is
how do we know what is real or not? Is there anything we can depend on for
being real? Life is real, for a season, and then it changes. We age and then we
die. Appearances can be real, or enhanced. Our finances can look real on paper,
but “not so real” in actuality. Friendships may seem real, but can disappear at
a moment’s notice.
It is my belief that
there is only one thing is life that is real….constantly real….past, present
and future real and never changes. That one thing is God. The scriptures tell
us that “He will never leave us or forsake us,” and that “Jesus is exactly the
same yesterday, today and tomorrow.” He is the only person and His words are
the only thing in this world that will never change. Even though the world
around us is changing constantly and things appear real that are only a front,
God remains the same.
If you trust in Him,
believe in Him and live for Him, we can be assured that we will live with Him
in His Kingdom of Heaven someday. That is a real promise and will never change.
But, as long as we live here on Earth, we will need to deal with things that
are not real; people that are not real, so we need to make sure that we are
rooted and grounded in the one thing that is guaranteed real. God, through His
When the fake
fingernails come off, when the botox wears down, when the tattoos fade and sag
away, when life takes away those we love, find consolation that God is real. And
He loves you forever and always. Really.
And for today my
friends, this has been the gospel according to Jimmy.