The leaning tower of Caerphilly

Look at this picture of Caerphilly Castle. Can you spot the odd tower out? The south-east tower is leaning at a 10 degree angle and there is some debate as to whether this is due to subsidence or damage caused during the civil war. It is amazing that in our health and safety obsessed society that you can stand near and even underneath the tower.

IMAG0119A really nice touch as you look at the tower is the impressive wooden sculpture that has been placed in order to make it look like the person is holding it up.

As I looked at the tower I thought about the phrase in Psalm 62.3 where David says that he felt like a fence that was going to fall down. When you look at the tower, it’s hard to understand why it hasn’t fallen over.

The tower is a credit to its architect and to the people involved in the construction process. It has such a solid foundation and strength that it stands even though it is damaged.

IMAG0117Lots of us feel damaged by things that have happened, but we have a choice. Do we try to soldier on alone or will we rely on and trust in God who is our refuge and strength (Psalm 46.1).

The tower has a huge crack near the base, it really is damaged and yet it stands and I pray that this gives you hope today if you are struggling. The wooden statue holding the tower made me think of God and the way he holds us and is our strength when we have nothing left.

Caerphilly castle really is impressive and well worth a visit. I believe that God is even more impressive and that he is definitely worth following and relying on.

Aerial view  Caerphilly Castle (CD35)

“Caerphilly aerial” by Cadw – http://cadw.wales.gov.uk/daysout/caerphilly-castle/?lang=en. Via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Caerphilly_aerial.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Caerphilly_aerial.jpg

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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 Baptist Minister who is 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. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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One Response to The leaning tower of Caerphilly

  1. Andrew Fordyce says:

    love the statue and reflection, from a cracked pot

    Andrew

    Liked by 1 person

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