Have you ever been to the Oregon Caves just out of Cave Junction, Oregon? They are cool!!
I remember going up once on a field trip for school. I have taken out-of-town guests; we went as a family a couple of times; I was even there for work one day, but that is another story. I have been in the caves several times. If you have not, I highly recommend it. It is especially nice on a hot summer day, because within just feet of the entrance to the caves, the temperature drops drastically to about 42 degrees. It is refreshing.
The story behind the cave is very intriguing as well.
It was 1874. Elijah Davidson and his dog Bruno were chasing a bear in the hills of Southern Oregon. The dog followed the bear into a dark hole.
Davidson could hear Bruno's howl but could not see him. He had no choice but to follow.
Into the side of the mountain he went, striking matches to light his way. Finally, as the last match flickered and died, the pair were deep inside a pitch-black cave. The bear was in there as well.
Feeling his way through uncharted caverns and passageways, Davidson found a chilly stream. He followed the water and gradually crawled his way back to daylight. Bruno did the same.
Elijah Davidson had accidently discovered what is today known as the Oregon Caves National Monument, a collection of chambers and passages…
That dark hole in the side of a mountain is now the entrance to a geologic wonderland for countless visitors between March and Thanksgiving each year.
The half-mile walk will take you through a myriad of chambers and rooms with fascinating formations. And, of course, there are plenty of names - the Imagination Room, soda straw stalagmites, the Petrified Forest room, the Banana Grove, the River Stix, Paradise Lost, the massive Ghost Room and more.
The 480-acre Oregon Caves National Monument was created in 1909.
The caves are located in the Siskiyou Mountains at elevations from 3,800 to 5,460 feet.
The cave temperature is 42 degrees Fahrenheit year-round.
The caves are home to one of the largest exposures of ultramafic rock in North America and one of the largest, most pristine, and most complete segment of old oceanic crust in Western America.
It contains one of the most biologically and geologically diverse caves in the world. (Source: oregon.com)
You will see stalactites, calcite formations and marble columns. In fact the Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve is nicknamed “The marble halls of Oregon”.
At one point in the tour, you are deep underground in a large cavern. The tour guide turns off the lights. It is so dark you literally cannot see your hand in front of your face. After a few moments, the guide will light a match. It is amazing how much light that tiny flame will put off in the large dark grotto.
I am reminded of that old song “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine…”
We can be that tiny light in a dark world.
“Hide it under a bush, oh no! I’m gonna let it shine…”
Matthew 5:14-16 tells us “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” ESV
There is an old saying that goes something like this: “Preach the gospel at all times, if necessary, use words.”
Benjamin Franklin once said, “Words may show a man’s wit, but actions his meaning.”
“Actions speak louder than words.”
“A picture is worth a thousand words.”
What people see in us is a bigger example than what they hear from us.
“Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.” Daniel 12:3 NKJV
Jesus wants us to be His light to the world!
“…Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 ESV
Our job is to show others Jesus. What an awesome job! It seems like such a big job…impossible perhaps. But just like that small flame in the dark cave, our little light can do much good.
Mark Twain wrote, “Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.”
Make sure your actions and your words line up.
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17 ESV