So, finally life has calmed down enough to tell you more about our adventures in the British Isles. Our next stop was the Giant’s Causeway, an incredible natural wonder made from about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns thought to be the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.Some of the columns are as much as 40 feet high!The columns all have 4-8 sides, although most are hexagonal.
This World Heritage Site stretches along three miles of Northern Ireland’s coast, forming a stairway from the foot of the cliffs that disappears into the Irish Sea.Legend has it that an Irish Giant, named Finn McCool built the causeway so he could walk to Scotland and woo the girl he loved. In fact, there is a counterpart to this spectacular formation in Fingal’s Cave on the isle of Staffa, Scotland…so maybe the tale is true.On the other hand, when I went to check it out on that most eminent of resources, Wikipedia :), I was informed that the legend is really about a gigantic Irish warrior named Fionn mac Cumhaill who built the causeway to fight his Scottish counterpart enemy, Benandonner.What is this world coming too, that we can’t keep our own stories straight?(I hope you’re noticing just how vast this formation is as you watch Stephen and Joel picking their way along like nimble billy goats.)
At any rate, being an incurable romantic, I favor the story we heard while in Ireland, and it made me think of our precious Lord Jesus, who made a way across the chasm of sin separating us from God and conquered evil in order to woo and win us all (“whosoever” is willing) as his bride! (This story is TRUE, and I have it straight from the world’s most eminent resource: the Bible. 🙂 )
“O worship the King, all glorious above,
O gratefully sing His power and His love;
Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,
Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.”