When I visited New York several years ago, there were cows everywhere. I ‘m not referring to herds of them running through the streets. Artists had painted these whimsical creatures to highlight some of the landmarks. My sister and I took photos standing in front of them, (before selfies) but I lost my camera so never had a chance to see them.
We place a lot of stock (not talking about cows here) in some of our famous landmarks in the USA. The Golden Gate Bridge, the Paul Bunyan statue, the monuments in Washington, DC and Mt. Rushmore, but they’re just reminders of the achievements of some, for the glorification of others and for destination spots for travelers.
The Statue of Liberty is one of those colossal monuments. It sits in the harbor welcoming newcomers to our country. She has been there since 1886 and was a gift to our country from France. The plaque at the base contains the words of Emma Lazarus and have served as a greeting to immigrants as they journey to Ellis Island.
During my stay in New York, two other monuments stood tall in the midst of the city. The twin towers were a symbol of world trade, but on September 11, 2001 those buildings were wiped out by a terrorist attack that changed our country.
Like all monuments and buildings which have been exposed to the elements, they eventually need repair, replacing or reconstruction. They are simply structures built by human beings and with work can be rebuilt. When it comes to people, we often need repair too. Like those aging edifices, we become tarnished with sin – broken by difficulty – stressed by the outside influences of life. We need rebuilding too, bur our rebuilding takes place internally..
When we place our trust in God, He will constantly repair and rebuild us. Our human nature will lead us to believing the lies of this world, but He will keep us on the road to heaven if we let him. He’s given us the promise of an open door to His kingdom – a place where we will never grow weary, feel pain, experience sorrow. All sinners – the wretched masses yearning to be free – will know the glory of God.
MAY GOD ONCE MORE BLESS AMERICA!