The one with the ruined castle


We recently enjoyed a holiday in Norfolk with my wife’s sister and her family who are in the UK from New Zealand. We had a great time together and as part of our visit we went to visit Castle Acre which although it is now only a ruin is great fun if you like space to climb and run around (if you make sure you take the photos it means you get to stand reasonably still though). As you can see from the picture the castle was built on a hill which was surrounded by a ditch and even though it is now a ruin it would still be an easy place to defend.

Have you noticed how pessimistic that the entertainment industry is getting? In recent years we have had a variety of Zombie movies and TV series and then we have other TV shows such as Revolution and Falling Skies that are also about humanity having been all but wiped out. Last year three films reminded us that the ‘we’re all doomed’ philosophy is ironically alive and kicking. After Earth, Oblivion and Elysium are all about Earth in the future where there are either no humans or where the few humans left are struggling to survive.

Are we doomed? Is this harmless entertainment or is this how we feel about the future as we see evil, war and suffering increase whilst the rich get richer and the poor get poorer the ozone layer disintegrates?

David had been under attack but God had rescued him and David wrote:

The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my saviour; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. (Psalm 18.2)

As I looked at the ruin of Castle Acre I thought of these words. David was a military man and he knew about the advantage of high ground. Despite this though he acknowledges that his real rock (advantage in life or place of strength) is God. I agree with David but also find this find this incredible at the same time. What gives us our strength and security? God? Our homes? Money? Family and friends? Our status? Our football team never losing a game? The truth is that we find security in all these things (apart from your team winning if you are from England!) but that David felt God was his rock.

rock precariousIf you are going to build something it had better have a solid foundation. I wonder if sometimes we feel vulnerable and fragile in life because we are trusting in the wrong things? That we feel good only if we drive the right car or if the kids behave themselves. That we only feel secure if we earn enough money or if we have enough possessions. Or that we only feel happy if we have a certain amount of money to spend or if we can go out on a Friday night.

Kjeragbolten (I dare you to try to say that out loud) is a boulder which is wedged in a crevasse in the Kjerag mountain in Rogaland in Norway. The rock is suspended above a 984 meter deep abyss. As you can see from the picture, it’s perfectly safe to stand on but standing on it you might not feel safe if you were afraid of heights.

God is the Rock. Most Christians would say that we are depending on and trusting in Him for most things most of the time but that we still feel afraid sometimes. Although we may feel a certain way the truth is that we are still secure in God.

Who or what are we ultimately trusting in? God is the Rock, but will you let him be your Rock?

Castle Acre photo from English Heritage site.


About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Regional Minister for the Eastern Baptist Association in the UK (the views expressed in this blog are my own) and I am especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century.
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