The Plains Of Abraham:
I only got so far in my quest to reach the Plains of Abraham. When I saw the many steps that were still before me, I thought best to leave that trip for another time.
The next day I would get to observe the plains from high above.
The Plains of Abraham is where a battle took place in 1759 between the French and the British, with the British emerging as the winners.
Made Rich By God:
Because of the name “Plains Of Abraham,” my thoughts turn to Abraham in the Bible. Abraham was blessed abundantly by God. He was given riches beyond measure. With all that he was given, he still maintained his close relationship with God. When others around him stirred up disharmony, Abraham looked for a way to make things right and to therefore keep the peace.
Abram Inherits Canaan
13 Then Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him, to the [a]South. 2 Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold. 3 And he went on his journey from the South as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, 4 to the place of the altar which he had made there at first. And there Abram called on the name of the Lord.
5 Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks and herds and tents. 6 Now the land was not able to [b]support them, that they might dwell together, for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together. 7 And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. The Canaanites and the Perizzites then dwelt in the land.
8 So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren. 9 Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me. If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left.”
10 And Lot lifted his eyes and saw all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere (before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah) like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt as you go toward Zoar. 11 Then Lot chose for himself all the plain of Jordan, and Lot journeyed east. And they separated from each other. 12 Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain and pitched his tent even as far as Sodom. 13 But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord.
14 And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward; 15 for all the land which you see I give to you and your [c]descendants forever. 16 And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered. 17 Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.”
18 Then Abram moved his tent, and went and dwelt by [d]the terebinth trees of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and built an altar there to the Lord. Genesis 13:1-18
How many of us could do what Abraham did for his cousin Lot without grumbling! When we live with hearts after God, He teaches us how to seek after harmonious living. He gives us hearts of peace, and that peace leads to minds filled with freedom.
Living a life filled with strife and unkindness in not what God wants for us. He also wants us to share of the bounty that He gives us. When we selflessly share what God has given, He will bless us in even more ways than we could imagine.
Even though Lot took what looked to be the best of the land, we know what eventually happened. Sometimes what may look the best to us, may not be that way at all. God wants to bless us in the same manner that He blessed Abraham. He also would like for us to be just as generous and kind as Abraham was. It’s just a better way to live.
Quebec Plains Of Abraham:
I think on my next visit to Quebec City I would like to take a closer look at the Plains Of Abraham, and learn a bit more of it’s history. It sure is in a beautiful location, high above the St Lawrence River.
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