By Sandy Kirby Quandt
Earlier this month, Pilot and I did something we’d never done before. We donned goggles and other attire recognized as Steampunk and attended Dickens on the Strand in Galveston, Texas. Actually, the outfit I wore except for the goggles, pistol, and sonic screwdriver, was made up of clothes that hang in my closet for everyday use. Our attire was tame compared to some.
Dickens on the Strand is an annual event which allows people to dress up in all sorts of costumes. There were characters from the Victorian era of Charles Dickens. Pirates due to Galveston’s association with Jean Lafitte. And Steampunkers for reasons I do not yet understand.
Among the crowd there were also Cowboys, American Civil War soldiers and Antebellum Belles. British Bobbies and 1880s British Indian Army soldiers. Queen Victoria, Bagpipers, a Town Crier. Plus lots of corsets and top hats.
One unexpected delight was coming upon a replica of Doctor Who’s TARDIS. Time And Relative Dimension In Space time machine and space craft all in one. Of course, this blue Police Box was nothing like the real thing once you stepped inside.
Where were the gears? Where were the levers? Where were the whirling sounds and pulsing lights?
In the BBC television show, when the Doctor travels in the TARDIS he comes up against numerous fearsome enemies set on destroying him. Fortunately, he has the ability to regenerate when his body is mortally damaged, taking on a new appearance and personality as needed.
Thinking about the time-traveling humanoid-alien Time Lord Doctor, who travels with various companions and faces a variety of menacing foes while working to save civilization, help innocent people, and right wrongs, set my mind to wandering, as is sometimes its way.
Earth to Sandy…what has this got to do with your usual Christian devotional posts of encouragement? Have you been out in the sun too long? Did you get zapped with the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver? Were your goggles a bit too tight?
Stick with me. I’m getting there.
I believe the Doctor has relevance to what I usually post.
Let me explain…
As a believer in the Resurrected Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I see Jesus as the ultimate time-traveler who descended to this earth, traveled with an assortment of companions, helped innocent people, set wrongs right, paid the penalty we owed to the point of his own death to save humanity, rose victoriously from the grave, ascended into heaven, and will return for us one day.
The Great I AM who was, and is, and is to come, King of kings and LORD of lords is not bound by time as we mortals are. He has conquered hell, sin, Satan, and death. Yes!
If those aren’t fearsome enemies, I don’t know what is.
Jesus is the Great Physician. He’s no made-up science fiction time-traveling humanoid-alien Time Lord Doctor. He’s the real deal.
Can I get an amen?
Now if I could just find an excuse to wear Elsa’s Frozen costume…and could actually fit inside it…
Anyone else out there like to dress up? Steampunk or otherwise?
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“I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,“ says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.” Revelation 1:8 (NLT)
I wish you well.
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