Yesterday (April 20, 2014) we celebrated Resurrection Day. The day got me thinking of one of my favorite places, Resurrection Bay in Seward, Alaska. The bay was named in the late 1700’s by Alexandr Baranov, a Russian fur trader who retreated into the bay during a bad storm in the Gulf of Alaska. When the storm settled it was Easter Sunday.
Today, Resurrection Bay, and all of Alaska, are part of the United States, purchased from Russia in 1867 for 2 cents an acre. Russia at the time was strained economically, after being humbled in the Crimean War of 1853-1856. Vladimir Putin has been compared with the czarist emperor, Nicholas I, who lacked the foresight to see how his prideful 19th Century actions in Crimea would adversely affect Russia.
Pray that Vladimir Putin will change his arrogant ways, before he leads his country through yet another death and resurrection. Like all countries, Russia doesn’t need another prideful leader, they need a servant leader whose king is Jesus Christ. Pray also that you and I can have some death and resurrection of our own prideful ways as well, and do more than just point out the folly of national leaders.
“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18.