Advertisement

Grass-lined Sidewalks


Independence Day is probably one of my favorite holidays. I met my husband during this time of the year. We were married almost exactly one year later. We typically celebrate our anniversary and the holiday together; after all, who doesn’t want fireworks on the day they devote themselves to remembering their love story?

I adore our tradition. We rent a hotel room downtown and take in the annual festivities on foot. We walk to the corner Mexican restaurant, enjoy a shared order of fajitas, and then stroll toward the capital lawn holding hands. We listen to the Baton Rouge Concert Band play a delightful recital. In a beautiful assortment of community, we are among the families who gather atop picnic blankets or sit in folding chairs that have been carried down the grass-lined sidewalks. Children laughing, miniature American flags waving, and warm night breezes fill my senses. A local celebrity greets the crowd and shares the history behind each song. The music selections are different every year, but the theme is the same–patriotic classics. Instruments beautifully orchestrate pieces such as “Yankee Doodle” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.” I love it. It feels so Americana–like I’ve wandered into a Norman Rockwell painting.  

However, I find it somewhat ironic that this holiday has grown to be so significant in my life. I believe one of my greatest sins is my independence–my pride–my desire to be self-sufficient and in charge. While I have come to realize that it’s truly far better for God to guide the path of my life, I often find myself wrestling with this same old deception and grappling to hold onto the reins.

Looking back over the years, I can distinctly recall times when I made poor decisions based on something I wanted. I didn’t ask God or seek His counsel. Instead, I determined what was best and pushed Him out of the process, sometimes pleading for His blessing along the way. Every time I did this, the results were terrible. Sadly, I believe we as a collective people do the same thing. Nations rise and fall after all.

George Washington, quoted here, understood the connection between God and country. “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”

How does that correlate to the current state of America? Have we wandered too far away from the narrow path? 

Thankfully, even though we often navigate a volatile political atmosphere, we are not out of God’s care or reach. The Bible shows us:

  • God’s heart for the nations and all peoples of the world. (Genesis 17:5, 1 Kings 8:60, Isaiah 56:7, Acts 1:18, Revelation 7:9-10)
  • His desire to aid us in our allocation and administration of His resources. (Ephesians 2:10, Romans 8:28, Genesis 1:1-31)
  • His love for us is fantastic. (Deuteronomy 31:6), unfailing, and faithful. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

As Christians, we are assured that God doesn’t leave us or forsake us. When we stray, if we repent, He will take us back. He will hold our hand and walk with us along grass-lined sidewalks as we remember our love story with Jesus.

 

Be the first to review this item!


Bookmark this

24 Jun 2021


By Sharon Holeman

Recent Articles more articles

Have a Healthy & Happy School Year

in Health and Wellness, School, Sponsored Content

After the lazy days of summer come to an end, the return to school time can be both exciting and anxiety-provoking. Prepare for the upcoming school year to make sure your family is successful.

What Piano Lessons Teach

in Sponsored Content

Today’s culture is one of immediacy. Children are growing up in a world where almost anything can be had instantaneously. Although this has its benefits, it also has its drawbacks; children have fewer opportunities to practice patience and self-contr

Joyful Reads from June

in Family Life, Joy Holden, Turn the Page

Hello! I’m Joy, and I love to read. I consider it my greatest talent and favorite hobby. Another one of my preferred pastimes is recommending reads to anyone who is the least bit curious. Seriously. I am always volunteering book recs to people near m

Does your child need to test for RSV? ( Respiratory Syncytial Virus )

in Health and Wellness, Local News, Local Profile

Local reports indicate a rise in RSV, a respiratory infection that causes cold-like symptoms and can be serious among young children. However, Ochsner Baton Rouge pediatricians say testing for RSV is usually not necessary.

Advertisement
Newsletter