Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Gateway to the West

The St. Louis Arch is an wonderful example of human ingenuity. Created from concrete, stainless steel, hard work, and lots of math, one man’s vision became a reality. The St. Louis Arch was built as a monument to Thomas Jefferson and all those pioneers for whom St. Louis was the Gateway to the West.

I was able to see the arch a couple of years ago on a family road trip. It is one thing to see it in a book versus seeing it in person. The Arch was huge. I got dizzy just looking up at it. Also, because of the stainless steel, it was so reflective. I learned that the Arch is 630 feet tall which makes it our tallest monument. The Washington Monument is only 555 feet tall. The Arch’s span is 630 feet at ground level between the outer sides of the legs.On a clear day the view at the top can extend up to thirty miles in either direction. I was fortunate to go on a clear day so I was able to see for miles. 

When I came down from the top, I took my camera out to take pictures of the Arch. I wanted to capture its majestic form. I started to walk around it and observe its details. I looked up and saw how it gleamed next to the blue sky. I walked around until only a sliver was showing. It was really neat to see.

As we were leaving, I pondered on how man could create such a structure. Then I remembered that our ingenuity comes from God. What an awesome God we serve.
Psalm 111:2
How amazing are the deeds of the Lord!
All who delight in him should ponder them. (NLT)

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