I recently visited the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archeological Park in Phoenix and I was impressed by this primitive society and how they adapted to change.
Their Pueblo Grande (Large City) is located on the Salt River where they built canals to irrigate their crops and provide fresh water. The river changed frequently depending on the season, the snows up in northern Arizona, rainfall, floods and droughts. They had to rebuild the canals regularly.
The settlement dates from around 450 to 1400 AD when they seemed to just up and abandon their city. Why? Archeologists suggest that there many have been a flood that changed the area so much that they felt they could no longer live there as they were accustomed and it was beyond their ability to rebuild.
We can learn a lesson from their tenacity, perseverance, persistence and courage. We don’t know much about their laws, but they respected their elders. I doubt very much that they resorted to stealing when times got tough. They probably didn’t get depressed, anxious or resort to committing suicide. They just dealt with the change.
We cannot control change
Change happens and we can’t control it just like we can’t control the weather. Living in Florida, one learns to deal with hurricanes. You hunker down and when it’s over, you open the doors and deal with the damage. If you get tired of dealing with the aftermath of those pesky storms, you can always move to Arizona.
But there is one entity that never changes – God.
God is always there – everlasting, all-knowing, all-powerful and everywhere. You can depend on God.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. ~1 Peter 5:6
In due time – that’s the important phrase. It’s not in our timeline, but in His. There is a reason why we go through trials. God expects us to learn from our trials, mistakes, sins and suffering. He expects us to adapt to change, to take risks, and He expects us to ask Him for help.
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Get a Culture Pass to get free admission for 4 to the Pueblo Grande Museum and other Phoenix area cultural venues.
Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park
4619 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, Arizona 85034
1.877.706.4408 Toll free (outside Phoenix)
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
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Soli Deo Gloria