As I began to compile my belongings for the upcoming trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, I was reminded of the kind Providence of God. I was packing only what was necessary for the trip; leaving behind those things which are unneeded during our journey. The cherished books and dishes I carefully wrapped in blankets and shawls – packing them gently between clothing to keep them safe on the long journey. The dishes, clothes, guitar, quilts, candle-holders, books, etc. are all intended to be period correct to the 1860’s. The packing made me ponder what it might have been like for the families that traveled to settle the American west. Having a wild unknown land before them – a command to take Dominion leading them onward. Carefully packing all the necessary belongings in trunks and boxes: trusting in the Providence of God to lead them: praying that His Sovereign hand would guide them.
While my journey east to Gettysburg is not nearly of the magnitude as American settlers (and hardly worthy of comparison) it did give me an opportunity to remember the Providence of God. He has been faithful to every generation – He will continue to be faithful in this generation: this He has promised in His Word. He has given us an amazing task of Dominion and Kingdom-building – let us not be weary. Christ has been given all power and authority. Let us remember the faithfulness of God and rejoice. Let us take dominion and be inspired by the men and women who traveled west, spreading the Gospel and discipling the nations.