God in the Caves
I mentioned yesterday that I went with my 4th Grade Son on his end of the year field trip to the Sequoyah Caverns. I intended to come back and laugh with you about my own 6th Grade excursion to the Atlanta Zoo in which I somehow managed to change boyfriends three times in one day (thankfully I’m now over that habit) to the hilarity of one of my son’s classmates falling in the shark tank at the Chattanooga Aquarium. (It was only funny because the sharks were not the child-eating variety. Give me a little credit.)
At which point I am sure all the parents would have been rolling their eyes and the guide would have accidentally on purpose led me down a long-closed cavern and left me there for the bats to drink my blood.
But I was willing to suffer for Jesus, y’all.
I’ve never been to the Caverns before so I wasn’t prepared for them to be so stunningly beautiful. Would you look at this?
And that wasn’t all. The reflecting pools were my personal favorites but my camera just wouldn’t pick up in the dark. The water reflected the ceiling of the cave in such a way so that you felt you would fall hundreds of feet into an abyss and yet the pool was only a foot deep. Amazing.
Anyway, here’s the good part. Our guide, Rebecca, (who according to the website is a great-granddaughter to the 3rd power of the original owners) began to describe the difference between stalactites and stalagmites. As she went into the different phases of her presentation, I kept waiting to hear the billion year stuff because I was ready to take her down. However, Rebecca showed a glassed-in area filled with soda straws. She explained to the kids this section of straws was veing used to collect scientific data. Even though the straws began growing at the exact same time, they were very different sizes which baffled the scientists. So far, there was no way to calculate a rate of growth for the mineral tubes.
Which begs the question: If a scientist can not even figure the rate of growth for such a tiny piece of geology, how in the world can they dare presume the age of the earth?
I’m just sayin‘.
And I was officially in love with this girl.
“Yes, Ma’am!!” she said. She went on to tell me she had to be somewhat careful with school groups not to get too preachy but that she and her family never apologized for their beliefs about the origin of the earth and the beauty of these God-formed caves.
I smothered her with compliments and made sure she knew the impact she was having by sharing Creation with the hundreds of school children she sees each year. It was so great being able to expand on what she taught my group of four with more biblical truth instead of deprogramming them from error.
“Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.”
Glad you had a good time and glad you found your way out! :)
As a public school teacher, I love stories like that! I have seen God show up time and time again to speak his truth in my classroom and my schools – many times out of the mouths of babes!
Thanks for sharing how God moved!
Great story! God will make Himself known, won’t He? (I need that reminder)
Thanks for sharing,
We went to Mamouth Caves in Kentucky and I loved it! I’m glad you had a guide who was showing God’s truth to kids every day!
God is so cool!! I love the way He took care of everything so you didn’t have to.
Praising Him that you had such a wonderful time and met a godly young woman too.
Loved reading this!
Emphasis on READING. I get a little claustrophic in those places, especially the parts with the low ceilings. . . .
You are just one of my favorite people! 3 boyfriends in one day? Priceless!
God shows Himself most spectacularly in the caves.
I believe there might be a Psalm or two about that as well.
Preach it girl!
God IS everywhere. Don’t you just love it when you have a special encounter with Him like this? He’s so much bigger than we can understand. I would love to be able to really wrap my mind around His greatness. Talk about increased faith!
I appreciate your boldness for Christ — so does He.
Wow…it’s fantastic to know that there are people out there tellin’ the truth! What a great story.
Hey – I’m definitely gonna have to take a trip there. Mary Emma would LOVE it. I also enjoyed learning about Soda Straws. Thanks for the geology lesson.
PS – your Sequoyah Cavern link doesn’t work. It should have an “s” after the word cavern. FYI
What a great experience for you and the children. Praise God for Christian business owners, and cave owners too…. :)
And I didn’t answer your field trip question before, but you know, this post reminded me of a 7th grade field trip. We cruised San Diego Bay on a Marine Floating Biological Laboratory. It was the best field trip ever. But on the bus, my group of friends discussed the flood, and why/how it did/didn’t happen. I think I was the only defender, and we had quite a discussion. A year later one of those friends was saved!! You never know what–or who–our Lord is going to use!
Hey there girl, I just got the chance to come back here and catch up with your latest…14 POSTS!!! Where do you find the time??? I’ve been so busy trying to catch up from the family being sick, I haven’t even seen my blog in a week!
Anyway, I can now keep up with you from my trusty little smartphone, so I’ll be able to check in more often. :)
Did you figure out your Godtube thing? I might know how to fix it if you didn’t, but I read the comments and it seemed like one of them had the right answers for you.
Talk to you soon!
I’ve been in those caves…XXXX amount of time and have never had a tourist guide explain The Flood. That’s wonderful!! I’m always amazed at His beauty..whether it’s in the sky or below the earth….He is everywhere!!!
Glad you had a good field trip….I thought you might have been upset because you were wanting to go back to the Mountain Zoo:) lol!!!!
I love it when things like that happen. I love sharing my faith with these kids I come in contact with every day. I absolutely love it when they ask me questions that I can give them a GOD honest answer too, like….”Mrs. Pridgen, why you always smilin’?” or Mrs. Angela (because for some reason some of them can’t say Pridgen, and Mrs. P just doesn’t sound that great to me) Anyway, “Mrs. Angela, are you married? What does your husband do?”
I love it!
Oh now, that makes me happy!!
I am so glad you were blessed with the beauty of it, Lisa. Come and see our Cave of the Winds in CS sometime, OK?
Have a blessed Monday, friend!!
These so called scientists make me nutty because in one breath they try ro speak with certainity, but then in another breath they speak with ambivalence. Go figure :) God’s handprints are all over the earth and man, no matter what the unbelieving scientists want to think :)
I’m sorry that I haven’t been able to respond to your comment until now. My life has truly been crazy lately! It would be cool to meet you. The Precepts workshops are intense though. They start at, I think 9:00, or 9:30 am and end at 5:30 pm (with an hour for lunch). I am going to be getting some homework to do prior to the workshops.
Im not sure how that schedule works for you, but let me know :)
How neat to see God in such a powerful way. Yeah, those caverns are just so neat.
Have a great week.
Yeah!!!! I love that when the kids are taught truth in a secular setting!!! Yeah for her and her family! God bless them!!!
Thank you for your wonderful blog about our caverns. I am Rebecca’s mom and we are very proud of her. She’s been doing this for five years and has had to deal with some very difficult people. But then…God sends people like you who make it all worthwhile and then share the good news with others.
God Bless you and come again!