Yesterday, I road out to a national battlefield where they were having an illumination ceremony, honoring all the soldiers that died, got wounded, or went missing on the bloodiest day of the Civil War. Of course, I saw it as a photography opportunity. During the day, local boy scouts and volunteers helped set up thousands of paper bags with candles in them. I watched as they set up those bags and lit them up, honoring those who risk their lives for all of us.
I've come to really enjoy visiting that battlefield on a regular basis. Its quiet and beautiful, a great place to just sit and reflect on the history. I have this spot that I enjoy going to, where you can see the mountains off in the distance, a big field beneath it, and two monuments from afar. Its peaceful, a nice thinking spot.
Everyone needs that kind of place, you know? You need that place you can go when you need a mental or physical break from life. Walking around, watching and listening to the little kids put up the luminaries was quite amusing. I looked up at one point to find two boys standing around a mini flame of a candle they knocked over. The next thing I heard was their scout leader saying, "Boy scouts are flammable, move!" Of course, I got a picture of the flame, because it looked cool and I now had a funny story behind it.
The luminaries were a reminder of how devastating that war was, and makes us all reflect on how thankful we should be that wars like that are not happening over here anymore. I go to the battlefield to escape the world, but back during the war, I don't think they would do the same. I guess you could say I feel God when I'm at the battlefield. He watched over that war, and he is still watching over us now.
Are you going through a battle in your life? Battles are hard to face alone. Bring all your struggles to God, and like the luminaries, God will shine through you, showing all the greatness that has come from your struggle.
Psalms 46:1 "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."
Look around you.
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