The Crystal Palace was a cast-iron and plate-glass building originally erected in Hyde Park, London, England, to house The Great Exhibition of 1851. From its organisation to the grand opening took just nine months.
The building was architecturally adventurous, taking the form of a massive glass house, 1851 feet long by 454 feet wide and was constructed from cast iron frame components and glass. From the interior, the building’s large size was emphasized with trees and statues.
The Great Exhibition was organized by Prince Albert, and members of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Exhibits, numbering 13,000 in total, came from throughout Britain, and from Australia, India, New Zealand, Denmark, Switzerland, France and USA.
The Crystal Palace was an enormous success, considered an architectural marvel, and an engineering triumph. The building was later moved and re-erected in South London. It was destroyed by fire 30th November 1936.
The Great Exhibition made a surplus of £186,000 (£16,190,000 value as of 2012) which was used to found the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. The remaining surplus was used to set up an educational trust to provide grants and scholarships for research. It continues to do so today.
* THE CRYSTAL PALACE WAS A HUGE SUCCESS *
Many prizes were awarded.
One of these was for a steam-driven invention with over 7000 parts.
Thousands stood watching and marvelling
as its pulleys, whistles, bells and gears made a lot of noise,
but the contraption
DIDN’T DO ANYTHING!
People LOOKED at it and were amazed by its ACTIONS,
but it achieved NOTHING!
How often do we confuse activity with accomplishment?
I know this happens a lot in the secular world,
but what of our Churches,
and more importantly what of our own personal lives as Christians?
Do we bustle about without really achieving anything?
Could we spend our time more effectively
for the furtherance of the Kingdom?
See then that you walk circumspectly,
not as fools, but as wise,
redeeming the time because the days are evil
1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, unmoveable,
always abounding in the work of the Lord,
knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Let me burn out for Thee, dear Lord,
Burn and wear out for Thee.
Don’t let me rust, or my life be a failure,
Dear Lord, to Thee.
Take me and all I have, dear Lord,
And get me so close to Thee
That I feel the throb of the deep heart of God
Until I wear out for Thee.
Only one life: ‘twill soon be passed. Only what’s done for Christ will last!