Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Birthplace of Abraham Lincoln

I love history and thankfully I married a man who loves it too (and knows it much better than I do). On our way home from Orlando we stopped by the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. It was so neat to walk the grounds and wonder what life must have been like nearly two hundred years ago.
For many, many years it was believed the original cabin Lincoln was born in was still standing. In the last twelve years or so it has been discovered that we do not have the original, but instead we have a replica of it that was built in the middle of the 1800s. Unfortunately, that old replica is in this building which is under renovation so we were not able to see it.

But this is a replica of the cabin that Lincoln's boyhood friend lived in. And apparently it is very similar to the cabin Lincoln lived in. I can't imagine what life on the frontier must have been like. We certainly have no reason to complain about life in the 21st century! There was also a spring that ran through the property. When Lincoln was a child he fell in the spring and almost drowned. The friend who lived in this cabin grabbed a branch from a nearby tree and extended it to Lincoln to save him. He probably would have died had his friend not been there to rescue him. Think about how THAT would have changed history! It's just a reminder to me that we never know the impact we have on the world we live in - and that we have a Sovereign God who is in control of all things!