Friday, July 6, 2012

Interesting Sighting

I had planned to stop half way at a hotel on the drive to see my folks in upstate NY. As I get older, it becomes harder and harder to make that drive in one shot. But somehow, the beauty of the scenery and the interesting discussion on talk radio kept me going. I did the entire 11 hour drive, and arrived before the sun set.

When the kids were younger, we would sometimes play a game about who would see 'the most interesting' sight along the way. It was a contest of sorts, and I would judge. Asherel didn't have much interest in road games any more, but I still always keep my eyes open for interesting sights. At one point, we passed a van dragging an open trailer behind it, and I won 'the most interesting sighting' hands down! In that trailer was an old buggy, with wooden wheels, and in front of it, a cannon. Yes folks, a cannon. It just is not every day you see a cannon being driven down the interstate.

My daily reading through the Bible has landed me in Daniel. I often feel as though God enhances the message of what I read in the Bible with what I see or do during the day. Daniel is a very confusing book, filled with strange symbols that are very hard (I think) to understand. They are as incomprehensible to me as an old revolutionary war cannon being carted down the interstate. But there are segments I do understand and my reading this morning brought me to such a passage. It reminded me that we do not approach God because of who we are and our righteousness, but because of who He is, and His mercy. In a way, I thought, we are just like that helpless cannon being carried along the interstate. A cannon can do many things, and will often make a valiant stand against the foe. But for all its strengths, it needs someone else to load and fire it...and maybe even someday when it is old and decommissioned, to carry it to a resting place somewhere in a beautiful valley bathed in Heaven's light.

Daniel 9:18-19 (NIV)
Give ear, our God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. [19] Lord, listen! Lord, forgive! Lord, hear and act! For your sake, my God, do not delay, because your city and your people bear your Name.”

-save a dog-

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