We went on our first field trip of the year yesterday. Last year we did lots of field tripping, this year we are going to have to back off some since the classes are harder and there are more of them. We went to the Anniston Museum of Natural History. They have mummies. That is why we went. We got there and they told us to go through the museum in a certain order. Egypt was last on the tour. The grand finale. I was actually very impressed with the variety of items they had. What we saw first was dinosaurs and rocks. They even had an asteroid we could touch!
Most of the pictures did not turn out well, because the lighting was not very good for photos.
After the dinosaur/geology display they had a display of Alabama environment and animals.
After that they had other American animals and a hands on area for kids.
After that, they had a big display of Africa. I really like they way they had the Africa display set up. It was like starting at the southern tip and moving north. They had displays set up of animals and environments to represent savannahs, jungles, deserts, and the marshy lands. Finally, we got to Egypt. The whole point of driving an hour and half. Egypt! The mummies.
I have to admit something. Seeing these mummies gave me such a heavy heart. Mark said he felt the same way. Here were two people who tried to become immortal by having their bodies preserved. Their bodies have lasted for a very long time. They are now on display like some kind of freak show. People come from near and far to ooh and aahh over them. Their souls, however, are in hell. Forever. No amount of preserving could help them out. They had plaques showing what some of the hieroglyphs on the mummies meant, One of the mummies had a prayer written on it
It was so incredibly sad to see how they made such futile attempts to live forever. They were willing to make appeals to so many gods, but not to the all powerful true God.
Romans 1:21-23~ 21For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.