Did you hear the recent news about what the drought revealed here in Texas? More dinosaur footprints at the Dinosaur Valley State Park. These new tracks are from around 113 million years ago.
When Pilot and I visited the Dinosaur Valley State Park years ago, we were able to see the prints on the dry areas of the Paluxy River as well as beneath the water. Very cool.
Those things, as you can image, are huge. You can see how small my feet are in comparison in the photo above.
Due to the excessive drought conditions we’ve had this summer, the river dried up completely in most locations. This allowed more tracks to be uncovered.
Under normal river conditions, these newer tracks would still be underwater, filled in with sediment, and buried.
Some of the tracks at the park are from adult dinosaurs that stood about 15 feet tall and weighed close to seven tons. Others are from adults which stood about 60 feet tall and weighed about 44 tons.
Since this recent discovery, Texas has fortunately received much needed rain.
Unfortunately, that rain is expected to cover the tracks and fill them with sediment again. Which really is a good thing, because it helps protect the tracks from weathering and erosion.
So is there a spiritual aspect to all this? I think there is.
In our lives, we often have tracks hidden beneath the surface, don’t we?
Things which over the years have filled with sediment. Things which aren’t visible, but are there nonetheless.
Sometimes we don’t think about the deep footprints of past pain until there is a personal drought in our lives.
Our drought can remove everything that kept the tracks covered. Our drought can manifest itself in any number of ways. Physical. Mental. Spiritual. Financial. Emotional. Relational.
A lot of times, the tracks are painful to remember. Maybe they are reminders of things we wish never happened in the first place. Things we wished we’d done differently. Or things we wish had a different outcome.
Perhaps these tracks feel as if they were made my a 44 ton dinosaur that smashed our dreams, our hopes, our future. Leaving behind nothing but huge holes as evidence of where it passed by.
Those dinosaur tracks along the Paluxy River in north Texas will once again fill with sediment. They will be removed from sight, but not from existence.
For those of us who put our hope and trust in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we can have confidence that when we hand our hidden dinosaur tracks over to the one who can heal all our buried hurts and brokenness, he won’t just cover them up with sediment, he’ll remove them through the power of his love.
And that’s a good thing, isn’t it?
Do you have any dinosaur tracks a drought has revealed which you need to bring to Jesus?
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Great post comparing our past hurts and disappointments to hidden dino tracks! I appreciated your conclusion: “For those of us who put our hope and trust in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we can have confidence that when we hand our hidden dinosaur tracks over to the one who can heal all our buried hurts and brokenness, he won’t just cover them up with sediment, he’ll remove them through the power of his love.” Blessings, Sandy!
Thanks so much, Kathy. I’m glad the post spoke to you. That’s what God brought to mind when I learned of the drought uncovering the tracks at the park. I’m so very grateful for Christ’s unfailing love.