Do you ever feel discouraged into inaction? Afraid to tackle something because it
seems mundane in the face of a greater problem?
The North Bridge in Concord is known in America as the site of the beginning of the
Revolutionary War in April, 1775.
British soldiers marched from Boston to this farm town in the middle of the night to seize “Ammunition, Provision, Artillery, Tents and small arms” collected by the colonists. Their goal was to arrive in Concord “with the utmost expedition and secrecy” but, as even today’s schoolchildren know, Paul Revere raced on horseback to warn the colonists that the British were on their way. Instead of being surprised, the colonists were prepared.
They gathered in the darkness on the high ground above the town, just over the
A guide told us that these colonists did more than huddle in apprehension of the
approaching British troops. They went to work that night in the best way they
could figure out to defend their families and their homes. This is what they
did: The farmers dug holes in the dirt, something they needed no training to do.
They buried weapons and ammunition in the field near the bridge. The British
couldn’t seize what they couldn’t find. Here’s the field today.
The countryside is placid and quiet.
Is your life calm and peaceful? Or do you wait in the dark, knowing trouble is approaching, unsure of what to do? It’s easy to be paralyzed by fear in the night. Maybe there’s
something you can do — something to prepare, something to dig, something that’s easy but effective — while you wait for the dawn. Small acts may require great bravery.
The war would last for years; freedom for America has always come with cost. The
work of those colonists in burying and thus saving their arms was only a beginning, but how significant an action it was.
Is there something you could start on today? What can you do that may make an
Linking up with Texture Tuesday, hosted by Kim Klassen, who supplied the beautiful textures for these photos.