On my drive - I noticed how close I was to Gettysburg and after passing it by the first day, I knew I would be sorry if I did not at least drive through the area.
I did not get out of the car except in one parking lot to take pictures - I just pulled over and took pictures and drove through the park and town.
I've visited battlefields before and it always strikes me how peaceful it is and how the fields have been showered in blood on my behalf. For my freedom. How can I just casually drive through where something so momentous has occurred?
I imagine soldiers both friend and foe hiding among the trees and hills - trying to imagine what it must've been like. Yet - I can never truly imagine something like that and hope I don't have to witness it first hand.
But, as I thought about all of the blood that was spilled - the phrase "heritage of blood" came to mind. As a grateful American, so many have spilled their blood for the freedom we enjoy.
Now, bring this into the spiritual - think about our heritage of blood as believers. This blood in Gettysburg or any other battle field is not the only blood ever poured out that was of benefit to me.
God sent His one and only Son to walk this Earth and then die as a sacrifice for me. For you. So we could spend eternity in Heaven with Him.
When you look around at His beauty this Fall - let the red remind you of our heritage of blood. Both of this nation and of His Heavenly Kingdom to come. (This idea of red in His creation and the reminder of blood from here.)
Thank You, Lord - for this heritage of blood.