I recently read that studies were being done to determine whether or not the fractured granite at Mt. Rushmore had been affected by the increased air pressures of nearby fireworks set off annually by the National Parks on the 4th of July (these stopped in 2009). I thought it was interesting that a material that most would think in “indestructible” may be subject to damage from fireworks. This was especially of interest after my recent trip to New Hampshire where I had the opportunity to see “The Old Man of the Mountain.”
For those unfamiliar with “The Old Man,” he is a rock formation that has the profile of a man (see the featured photo from the plaque). If you have seen a New Hampshire license plate you have seen an image of “The Old Man” because there has been a symbol of him on their plates for decades.
The plaques in the park where one can view “The Old Man” state that after 12,000 years of weathering “The Old Man” fell in 2003 (see Figure I-1). Although his falling surprised many, the state had been making efforts to reinforce and restore him for decades. The state of New Hampshire is currently attempting to reconstruct him. (I am sorry, but a restored rock formation is not the same to me.)
I find these two stories interesting because even what we often see as “indestructible” or permanent is indeed wearing out, deteriorating, and crumbling. I causes me to recall the words, “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever” (Isa 40:8 NIV). (These particular words, first written circa 650 BC, have lasted 2650 years so far!)
Nothing on this earth is permanent, except the words spoken by God. Not even rock formations such as “The Old Man” or rock sculptures, such as the 80 year old Mt. Rushmore. Everything tends to disorder. Even more so, what man builds is subject to wearing out, deteriorating, and crumbling. That is why maintenance is constantly required to preserve the good condition of our homes.
So, let’s get out there! Let’s visually examine the exterior of our homes and fix a few things before winter or at least get a list ready for the break of next Spring. And have fun doing it. Putting things in good order (maintenance) is one of the joys of home ownership. If we don’t, we may look like Detroit.