Today I spent time revisiting places of my childhood.
While having a pizza picnic in my truck, next to the Kettle River in Robinson Park, Sandstone, MN, I was staring at this oh so familiar sandstone foundation.
Behind it the entrance to the park winds down a hill to the parking lot. If you didn't drive around the back of it, you would be driving right over the edge that you see in this photo. It is the original foundation for a wagon bridge that crossed the river.
Behind me stand 2 sandstone pillars one on each side of the river. These monuments were made of hand hewn sandstone blocks 132 years ago and still stand the test of time.
Crowning each of these enormous pillars are huge protective slabs of sandstone called "Capstones". Capstones not only protect the structure from the elements (ice buildup can split rocks) but hold the whole structure together. Capstones are also considered one's greatest achievement.
When this was an active quarry, there was a wooden bridge that crossed this river, being supported by the foundation in the first picture and crossing these two pillars to a similar foundation on the other side. The bridge is long gone, but these sandstone structures stand as testimony of ingenious builders who understood the importance of a SURE FOUNDATION.
Embarrassingly, I admit, that I have never examined these closely, even though I grew up here, and this was my playground. From a distance, it doesn't look like much.
Today I found myself captivated by the intricacy of the handiwork, so I moved in for a closer look.
Upon close examination, I am stunned to see the precision craftsmanship. It must have taken forever to hew each stone and decide where their proper place would be.
Shaped with a hammer and chisel under the hand of a Master, each stone is painstakingly placed in a strategic place, advantageous to the whole structure.
Small- seemingly insignificant- fragments of stone support and bear the weight of the whole structure without succumbing to the pressure.
Some of the large sandstone slabs bear the marks of being drilled for dynamite to quarry them into boulders.
And the whole thing would crumble if it wasn't for the Chief Cornerstone.
The Chief Cornerstone is the very first stone layed in the foundation and is the stone on which the whole structure's integrity depends, without which the structure will crumble and be nothing more than a useless pile of stones.
I think there are a few lessons here..."Ye also are LIVING STONES"!