Miners Castle is probably the most visited spot along the Pictured Rocks cliffs of Lake Superior. The very distinctive outward curve topped by a large turret has probably been photographed millions of times by visitors to the area. For many years, the outcropping was capped by two stone towers. Many locals remember climbing on and around these turrets before the DNR erected a fence and warning signs. A couple of years ago during the spring thaw, the back turret collapsed and fell into the lake. The fall of this stalwart rock was a clear reminder of how temporary this world is. Nature shows us clearly that even the most solid stones are transient things. The most stable foundation will eventually crumble. The strongest rocks are wore away by the most basic of things; wind, rain, seasons and time.
The fall of this marvelous landmark should remind us that we do have something that is permanent and stable. David says in Psalm 18:2, “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliver; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust, my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” In the middle of a constantly changing world, we can stand strongly on the One who never changes. To my mind, the key element of this second verse is David’s trust. If we were to dig into the original language a little bit, we would find that David is referring to someone that he can run to for protection. When it comes to David’s security in times of trouble, it was all in God. As we come into times of great fear and uncertainty, there is Someone we can run to for protection and security. While we all know this is God, times of fear reveal our trust in God. Read the rest of Psalm 18 and you find David describe a time of great distress. His recourse was God. He did not flee to the resources of man. He did not flee to the shelters of human engineering. He fled to God. In these times, God must be more real to us. We must be able to run to Him for protection, whether it be physical, emotional, financial, mental or spiritual. God is our rock, unchanging, unfailing and eternally dependable. Run to Him for protection. Leave the politicians’ promises to the pagans. As a child of God, run to your Father.
For those that are interested, I will include the Exif data:
Olympus SP500UZ 6mm F/2.8 1/50 ISO-80