2016: Page 294

Page 294 was the first full day of our fall break and we made the most of it.  It was a family day of sightseeing with covered bridges being the theme.  We headed out around 9 AM and after 13 covered bridges, a variety of other beautiful scenes, and about 200 miles in the truck, we made it back to our starting point by 7 PM.  A few of the bridges had been relocated off their original sites to public places that weren’t always ideal settings for photos or authenticity.  One of the bridges is now on a county highway maintenance facility property with the ends closed in being used as a storage building or garage.  Most of them are no longer in use as traffic bridges, but allow pedestrian use.  And a couple of them still function as road bridges that are able to be driven across.  In between the bridge stops were a variety of rolling hills, one-lane gravel roads, beautiful vistas, and and a few old barns and churches that needed photographed. 🙂

The day began with difficulty finding the first bridge on our list as there was major road construction going on between where I was and where I wanted to be.  We finally made our way around the closed roads and found the first bridge for the day.  We arrived at the GPS coordinates of the next two bridges with no sign of either of them.  After looking for them for a short time, we skipped them and went on to find the next six on the list exactly where they were supposed to be.  Our route took us back by the two bridges I couldn’t find earlier.  After looking more closely at the GPS points on the map, it appeared that neither of them were on or near a roadway.  That information helped as we found the first one in the middle of a fairgrounds.  The next one was a little more of a challenge.  We narrowed down the location it should have been in but could still see nothing resembling a bridge.  It was in an area of businesses and commercial property so I finally went into the office of a concrete company and asked if there was a covered bridge nearby.  They pointed out theier door behind me and said it was the red building behind the county highway garage next door.  We had actually considered that until we looked more closely and it wasn’t a bridge, it was a building.  The information given was that the county had moved it there and closed in the ends to use it for storage.  

By mid-afternoon it began raining off and on, but that didn’t slow us down as it only added to the beauty of the day.  Today’s photo was taken late in the day as we drove between bridge stops and the rain and associated cold front created a mist hanging in the air throughout the hills.  This was actually on one of the nicer gravel roads that my GPS took me down today.  Several of the roads ended up being gravel tracks with grass and weeds growing down the center.  

As I think about the day, there are a number of things that were noteworthy but the thing that stands out the most to me is the difficulty in finding what you’re looking for when it isn’t where you expect it and it doesn’t look like you anticipate it to.  As a Christian it is important that we are not only built on the solid foundation of God’s Word, but that we stay on the foundation that our faith is built upon.  Not only is it important that our faith is built upon the foundation meant for it, it is also imperative that we look like the Christian that matches the name of Christ we wear.  Our witness is rather  unproductive if our life is not where we say it out to be as a follower of Christ.  When people are searching, are we where we say we will be in our walk with Christ?  Sometimes we wear the name Christian but we’ve completely changed what that looks like so it no longer resembles the Christ we are to represent.  

I pray that you and I would have the persistence to keep pursuing God when the obstacles of life get in our way.  I pray that we would be faithful in building, and keeping, our life on the true foundation of God’s Word.  I pray that we would hold fast to being a Christ-follower who seeks to look like Christ.

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