here’s the steeple
As a little girl, I always wondered why the steeple of a church was so pointy at the top. I knew the song:
“here’s the church, here’s the steeple. open the doors to see all the people. close the doors and hear them pray, open the doors and they all walk away (or as my Daisy Grace likes to say, “and they all RUN away! — giggle giggle)”
Recently my husband was telling me how steeples were designed to be the tallest point in the city where people could see it from any location and be able to find their way home. In such a beautiful, simple way, these steeples (that aren’t usually made anymore) point up to heaven to remind us to look up, that no matter where we are in life, in Christ, Heaven is our home.
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills – from where comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2
I love being in cities where there are super old churches with the huge steeples that can be seen by anyone throughout the city. For one, the antiquity of the building reminds me that life is such a vapor. People who were alive hundreds of years before me built such majestic structures. For another reason, they remind me to look up. The mess of life, the present pull of this world can suck me in, but little reminders like that, pointing to where I am headed, is so so helpful. We are surrounded by heartache and pain, struggle and fear, and we need to be constantly reminded of where our real home is.
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:1-2
Although churches may not have steeples these days, we as believers should have a constant steeple in our souls. We’ve got to remind ourselves and each other of this truth:
“Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2
Heaven is our real home, let’s help each other look up!