Hadrian’s Wall

If you are like me, the name “Hadrian’s Wall” is tucked into the dark recesses of your brain as part of a history lesson on World Civilization, but the details are a bit fuzzy. It was a stop that almost didn’t happen, even though it wasn’t far out ofour way, but I’m really glad we took the time. So, let me refresh your memory with what I hope will be an encouraging tale connecting the past and present.In 122 AD, the Roman Emperor Hadrian had a wall built near the northern border of England that was 15-20 feet high and almost 10 feet thick. It was builtmainly from local limestone and stretched for 73 miles across England, creatinga formidable barrier between England and Scotland. Every mile along the wallthere were heavily fortified gates and sentries, making it possible to restrict entry into England, control commerce, exact tolls, and generally hamper free travel.What remains of the wall became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 and isnow considered northern England’s most popular tourist attraction. (I have since learned that—although you can walk freely on the wall—it would be better not to in order to preserve this monumental wonder of the ancient world. Sorry 😦  ) Nevertheless, the trail along the wall is dotted with wildflowers and vast shade trees encircled by bluebells, making for an absolutely delightful place to stroll…or to rest in the shadow of this mighty wall. I mused over the fact that the sheep would have no insight into the value of the wall or the monumental, sacrificial work that went into what was providing for their comfort. I am so often like one of those sheep, oblivious of all it cost God to provide shade,  a wall of   protection, and green pastures for me through the sacrificial death and present ministry of Jesus Christ, our Rock. How little I understand God’s love!

“For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her” (Zechariah 2:5).

12 thoughts on “Hadrian’s Wall

  1. Love the pictures and story behind the wall. I just read about it this morning in this months National Geographic, so it was especially fun to see more pictures! NGEO only had one picture, and not nearly so pretty as yours!

    1. Thanks, Bonnie! I’m still wanting to post on Jennifer’s wedding, but I’m so far behind! Happy Anniversary again! 🙂

  2. I did get to visit Hadrian’s Wall the last time I was in the UK (1996). It’s very cool, and as a Brit shared with me at the time, it was a good way to keep the crazy Picts from attacking the “civilized” Brits. And, best of all, a lot of English farmers were able to construct stone fences over the centuries. Thanks for sharing, Kathryn.

  3. Beautiful ending and great comparison of us and the sheep! God’s love is difficult to understand, I’m just eternally grateful for it!
    Great pictures and thanks for the history lesson.
    Sorry I didn’t get back with you about what post I used your picture on. If you’re still interested I’m including a link to the post, I believe your picture was the second one down in the post. http://rhymenreview.wordpress.com/2012/08/16/mtq-swimming-with-ships/
    Thanks again!
    God Bless,

    1. Thanks, Donna! I just enjoyed your post about swimming out to “our ship” instead of waiting for it to “come in” to us. Great thoughts!

  4. Annette Mills Feinberg Aug 29, 12:36 am

    Kathi, thanks for beautiful story and pictures. Always fun to find out about our ancestors.

  5. Thanks, Annette! Sorry your comment didn’t come through. Don’t know what happened. 😦 It never occurred to me when we were kids that “Mills” is as English as they come. Are you English on both sides?

  6. When we visited Hadrian’s Wall, it was raining and a chilly day, so we didn’t stay too long, but did see the remains of barracks. There were rather rain-soaked, matted sheep on the way up the slope to the wall. They didn’t look as relaxed as the sheep you photographed. I would love to go back to England again, especially since I have done extensive genealogy research into my family history.

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