I was raised in Alabama, so I missed the 4th grade Missouri history lessons about the Lewis and Clark Expedition. I learned a little when Ben and I took a trip to the Arch 30 years ago, and I thought it interesting, but this past year I have been captivated by the story.
My curiosity began when I heard Tod Bolsinger talk about his book, Canoeing the Mountains, at the Missouri Annual Conference. This leadership book seeks to answer the question of what do you do when you reach mountains and you have brought canoes. I've read the book twice now, which led to watching a Ken Burns documentary, again twice, and then seeing the art at Wonders of Wildlife and really getting a sense of the scope of the journey.
The story of Corps of Discovery is full of incredible chapters about Jefferson’s mission to Lewis and Clark, the role of Sacagewea and other native people, the planning and determination to continue on when they found mountains instead of an ocean, and many others.
But one simple fact keeps coming back to me: the journey began by going against the current. From St. Louis, Clark traveled UP the powerful Mississippi River. He met Lewis in St. Charles and, against the tremendous force of water flowing south, they traveled UP the Missouri River. Moving forward required courage, perseverance, and strength. It required they put their oars in the water and work together to row against the current.
Let’s row together in 2020 against the negative cultural currents that could push us all downstream and discover what God has for us beyond the mountains.
See you Sunday at Springfield Little Theatre,