This rich dark wood is oak found deep in the bogs of Ireland. The trees were trapped in the dark underground and are believed to be 4000-6000 years old.
My wife and I lead tours at least once a year to Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. These lands are are dear to us and have been for over 20 years. Ireland is known for its picturesque characters, its music, its beauty, its poetry and literature. Some know it most for its dark days of war and famine and generations of painful seasons of forced immigration. I have been a student of its varied past and have dug deep into its history for many years. In doing so I have found some wonderful treasures that illustrate wonderful truths.
Ireland is famously adorned with miles and miles of green hills covered in heather and gorse. Few people realize at one time it was rich in forest land. Vast forests as far as the eye could see. Then, the climate changed and the low grounds were saturated with water. The trees then rotted and fell. They were absorbed into the wet ground, creating an anaerobic condition that preserved the wood underneath the bog. As time passed the tannin in the soil turned the wood black. From time to time these old pieces of oak trees are found and proved to be between 3000 to 6000 years old.
This speaks to me that even the dark hidden things of the past can be turned into valuable tools that enable us write of the bright days and years to come. They don’t have a lot to do with past revivals but they sure could have an impact on future ones.