For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4
Colonial Williamsburg, one of my all time favorite places, holds a special place in my heart. Regardless of the season, I enjoy it. I’ve been asked if it’s like a museum. No, I wouldn’t really call Colonial Williamsburg a museum. It’s more like a living re-creation of one of the most important and dynamic eras of our nation’s history. This very popular Virginia attraction covers over three hundred acres and includes houses, shops, and other public buildings that have been lovingly reconstructed on their original foundations. The historical area also includes eighty-eight original structures dating from 1699 to 1780. The idea behind this restoration isn’t just to preserve buildings and artifacts, it’s an attempt to capture the atmosphere, flavor (peanut soup is a personal favorite) and ideals of this vital era.
Visitors can choose between guided or self-guided tours, meeting people in authentic eighteenth-century garb and viewing buildings like the courthouse, jail, capitol building, governor’s palace and individual colonial homes. Along the way, you might have a chance encounter with famous patriots like Patrick Henry. It’s so easy to get caught up in the lives and routines of colonial people, shopkeepers and want to stay! (As I write this I realize I really need to get back. It’s been too long since I’ve been to Williamsburg.)
In the same way, the Bible contains a great deal of history, but is so much more than a history book. In fact, it’s alive! The New Testament tells us that “the word of God is alive and active…” Somehow, though the sixty-six books of the Bible were written through divine inspiration thousands of years ago by different people living in different eras, they all come together as a living, breathing whole.
Just like in Colonial Williamsburg, readers can wander the streets, alleys and pathways of Scripture, pause in courtyards, peer into windows, walk into different rooms and find real people interacting with a real God. And everything you see, hear, and touch will have some application for your life now in the twenty-first century.
A walk through Williamsburg is delightful, interesting and will inspire anyone who visits. A walk of faith through the Bible may turn your whole life upside down with insights that reach into eternity and this very moment of your life.
More on Colonial Williamsburg: http://www.history.org/