We had waited for months with Cody for this one particular Car Show and Picnic. It was rained out yesterday and had to be rescheduled. So we turned to our next best thing to do on a rainy day, we went Antiquing. So I found myself wondering what is it about those Classic Cars, and those Fragile Antiques, that draw us to them. Our Son is restoring a 1972 AMC Javelin. My husband owns a 1986 Subaru Brat, that he just fixed AGAIN yesterday.
So what is it that draws us to these things of Yesteryear? We are fascinated by old buildings and stone foundations, wondering at the hustle and bustle that used to occupy those places. It delights our hearts to see an old Mill restored and reopened to the Public, to visit Gettysburg, Antietam, and other Historical sites.
To walk the streets of old towns and marvel at the intricate details in the Architecture. They built these buildings to last forever. I would love to see some of the Wonders of The Old World someday. Maybe The Coliseum in Rome, or perhaps linger on the Mount of Olives, pondering the final Moments of Our Precious Lord’s life. Just to touch the soil where those precious drops of Bloody sweat poured out. I believe I love these Old Places and Things so much, not because they are Antiquities, but because they are Survivors. We are drawn to their strength, there Durability, Their Tenacity. They, like each one of us, has Survived a War Perhaps, or An economic Down turn. Perhaps some are a bit singed from the fires of life, or were rescued just before the waters engulfed the house in a Hurricane. Some have survived years of loneliness, tucked away and forgotten, until some Compassionate soul rediscovers their infinite Beauty and Worth.
God makes each of us Survivors as well, in that He rescues us from Dangers, from Despair, from Purposelessness, from Ourselves. If their was a way we could peruse the Cobblestone streets of each others lives, and just see how much we’ve all survived; we’d be a lot more compassionate, and a whole lot less judgmental. I am a Survivor, and so are each one of You. 8 To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; 9 not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing. (1 Peter 3) Let us treat one another with care, with respect and honor for being the Survivors that we are. Let us rejoice together this morning in Worship knowing that we stand elbow to elbow with Fellow Survivors.