Wasting our lives and glorifying God

Wasting our lives and glorifying God
Notice God's unutterable waste of saints, according to the judgment of the world. God plants His saints in the most useless places. We say - God intends me to be here because I am so useful. Jesus never estimated His life along the line of the greatest use. God puts His saints where they will glorify Him, and we are no judges at all of where that is. ~Oswald Chambers, My Utmost For His Highest, August 10

Monday, August 30, 2010

Mont Saint Michel

The third stop in our self-guided castle tour: Mont Saint Michel

This tidal island and commune in Normandy with the population of a whoppin' 41 people was built to honor St. Michael.  On the very tip is a gold sculpture of St. Michael slaying the dragon.

The entrance appeared to be like the other castles and fortresses we visited.  Here we are sitting on another cannon.

The entrance led us through tiny alleys with a few touristy traps shops.  But, beyond them were thousands of amazing little details and quaint spots, any of which I would have been happy to stay at forever.  Maybe I should have been a nun after all.

Another statue of Mary with Jesus, this one a piet√†, where Jesus' head has crumbled away.  And still she faithfully holds him.

Wandering through this medieval monastery provided many opportunities to share the symbolism and beauty of Christ's message with Gana's family.  Here I am standing at the foot of the cross with Gankhuag, explaining how Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.  I claim this as a prophetic picture that one day we will both stand together at the foot of the cross, embracing Jesus.  (Will you agree with me on that?)

Gana's camera battery died midway through our climb to the top.  So, we are without some breathtaking pictures.  The only way to describe it is to say that I know where I'd like to be standing when the rapture takes place.  It was so incredible that I thought how great it would actually be to fly up there with St. Michael and see what he sees on our way to glory.

If you ever go, it's beautiful to climb at night.  They have concerts playing in various rooms--flute, piano, strings.  In the very top, a sanctuary where they still have a daily mass, a lady was playing the harp.  Heavenly.  Maybe we had begun our assent into heaven.


Claire said...

I'm not sure how many times I'm going to say, "Amazing!" or "Awesome!" or "Wonderful!" but your trip and all these lovely places are all of the above.

And, I am agreeing with you that someday you will stand with Gana's entire family at the foot of the cross, worshiping together!

Anonymous said...

I'm agreeing with you about embracing the Cross!

Do you know the St. Michael prayer:

Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle;
be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray:
and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.

Kitchen Madonna

Lady Dorothy said...

YES! I am agreeing with you for Gankhuag's decision to follow Jesus!

Lady Mary said...
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Mrs. C said...

I made it! Agreeing with you on Gana's whole family!! :)

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