Yesterday morning I beat the sunrise and got this view (though too far to be clear)
Later I read this…
“Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God! His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King. Within her citadels God has made himself known as a fortress.
Walk about Zion, go around her, number her towers, consider well her ramparts, go through her citadels, that you may tell the next generation that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will guide us forever.” (Psalms 48:1-3, 12-14 … http://bible.com/59/psa.48.1-3,12-14.esv )
I was struck by these words. So after a meeting, I struck out for the fortress.
I had been there a decade ago, and I felt able, so off I went, from an elevation of 600 ft upward.
I began to consider that my walk was like a metaphor of the journey. Sometimes smooth walkway is under us and ahead. Other times
… there are choices to make…
… and ruts to avoid.
But if we press on, we’ll get closer to the refuge.
In the different seasons the journey of following after Jesus feels like open smooth paths, difficult choices, or ruts. But if we train our hearts and minds to grow in our understanding of God, we’ll keep making progress. Whether it’s fast or slow is not the real issue, that we progress is.
Then, nearing the objective, we see the path may become steep and narrow.
But like this path, where my focus was on the path, the stability of my steps, my head was down. My focus was so upon my steps, that I hadn’t noticed that I’m right at the fortress.
Turning to look, I can see the progress from 600 ft to about 1580 feet.
Climbing in, I discover I’m in what must have been, based on the windows and the shape of the wall, the fortress chapel.
I look up and the sun shows the chapel was built so that the altar was, properly, to the east. Curious, I check the compass…
True east indeed.
I checked the direction of the chapel’s direction using a calibrated device.
A big idea of the Reformation is that the Bible alone is the ultimate authority that God has given us to, like the Bereans in Acts 17, examine the Scriptures to see if what is being said or written is true. We should read widely, but, as disciples of. Jesus, carefully judge whether the ideas are biblical. God CANNOT contradict Himself. Use the compass of Scripture as we travel the journey. Then, with God as our Mighty Fortress, as this castle was 700 years ago…
We may take on His perspective, aiming at Heaven,…
… and finding Earth placed in proper (His) perspective.
“Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God! His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King. Within her citadels God has made himself known as a fortress.”