This year we have decided to take a staycation. Since we have lived in Staunton for two years now and have not really explored our surroundings, we thought it would be a great thing to do. Staunton has a wonderful artsy/cultural theme and has some great places to visit. Sometimes you can live in a place a long time and not really know what is in your hometown.
We visited several of the free museum/attractions in the area. On Friday night, Dale and Anna went to the Blackfriar Theatre. The Blackfriar is a theatre built by the American Shakespeare Center and is a replica of the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. The ASC presented a “pay what you will” presentation of The Importance of Being Ernest” by Oscar Wilde. They had a great time.
Tuesday, we went to several of the local free museums/attractions. First, we went to see Jumbo the Antique Fire Engine. While we visited there, we also got a tour of the fire station in which Jumbo is located. Jumbo is the first motorized engine purchased by the Staunton Fire Department.
Next on our tour was a camera museum. They had hundreds upon hundreds of cameras. Both Dale and I recognized cameras that our families have own, including an Argus 35mm and a Kodak Instamatic. It was great. One of the cameras was a Japanese camera that saw action at Pearl Harbor. They had every kind of camera imaginable. There was a camera designed for baseball (only eight of that camera were made)
Following the camera museum were the bank museum and an acoustic music store. The music store features acoustic instruments, stand-up basses, acoustic basses, guitars, mandolins, violins, and banjos. That was fun, but the instruments were expensive.
Our favorite place of our mini-tour of Staunton was Sunspot Studios. This is a glass blowing and copper studio. It was amazing. They have live glass blowing demonstrations. At first, it was as exciting as watching paint dry, but as we watched the artist blow and form the glass something amazing happened. After that we walked around the store portion of the studio.
As we drove away from the store, Dale and I started talking about the different steps that it took to get a little round piece of purple glass formed into a beautiful vase. Dale started talking about how the glass blowing resembles each of our lives. When the glass blower starts, it is difficult to know the vision that the glass blower has for the piece that he is working on. The same thing is very true in our lives. We cannot see the vision that God has for our lives. The vase that we saw created started at a little piece of glass that we couldn’t even tell what color it was. The glass blower kept talking about the purple glass. That was not apparent to us. When God was designing us in our mother’s womb, he had a vision of what we could become as a person. The world can’t see God’s vision for our lives. Not only can others not see God’s vision for our lives, but it’s tough for us to see God’s vision – because we can only see the past and the present.
The second thing that came up is that the glass blower had to keep putting the piece in the furnace to keep it flexible. This was so that he could mold into the masterpiece that he had visioned in his mind. During most of the process, the glass was hot and orange from the heat. It had to stay hot so that the glass blower could mold it and shape it. He needed the glass to be flexible so it could become a beautiful vase. God places things in our lives, like the heat from the furnace to make us flexible so he can make us. So we can become the person he wants us to be, and do the things he wants us to do. James 1:2 comes to mind 2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
The third example that comes from is the glass blower did not have to blow a lot of air in to the vase. It was just a couple of puffs. When I think of the glass blower blowing into a vase I think of Holy Spirit blowing through our lives. We need to have Holy Spirit working in us to help guide us through our lives. The Holy Spirit helps us grow and become the masterpiece that God had the vision about us.
It has been a great staycation so far. We have had several opportunities to go swimming as well as just relax, something that typically doesn’t happen on a normal vacation. Later!