I like history and going to historic places. On some of our trips we take in some of these sites. Some places may not be historic but have some unique history behind them.
On a trip to Georgia we found ourselves at the Chickamauga Battlefield National Military Park. We got there early in the morning before the information building was open. The sun was low in the eastern sky and there was hazy fog hanging in the trees. The grounds were neatly manicured, and it was a beautiful sight. To our left deer were crossing the road. Small groups of 10 to 15 deer were moving through the trees. God had created a beautiful scene for us that morning. I stopped and realized that about 150 years earlier two armies were clashing in the second bloodiest battle of the Civil War. There were over 34,000 casualties. Today God had taken what was a horrific scene and created a thing of beauty.
Another trip we were in Nebraska searching for Chimney Rock a landmark along the Oregon Trail. We were following our GPS, which isn’t always the right thing to do, and were told to turn left off the main highway. At this point we could see the rock standing high into the sky. Then Lizzy, the name my wife gave the GPS, told us to turn right, then right, and then right again. Now we were back on that main road again. We had driven in a square all the while with the rock in site. This time we disregarded Lizzy and drove to the site. Just goes to show that you need to be careful whose directions you follow.
We have gone many places and seen many things. Museums, landmarks, and natural wonders. Our national history is both good and bad, but we should use it to teach future generations to help them to not repeat our mistakes. So now we continue to travel and make our own history.
Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end. He did not give up because of the cross! On the contrary, because of the joy that was waiting for him, he thought nothing of the disgrace of dying on the cross, and he is now seated at the right-hand side of God’s throne.
Hebrews 12:2 GNB