“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” Proverbs 18:10 ESV
God is our fortress. Our strong tower. We quote this, sing these lines and pray these words often. And they are absolute Truth!
I am very blessed to live in (not that I’m biased or anything 😊) the most beautiful little country in the world. One of the things I love about Ireland is the richness of the history; the ancient relics of old buildings we have, existing alongside our modern ones. Sometimes we get so used to them being there, seeing them in our day to day living, that we forget they’re there.
We have several round stone towers dotted around the country. There has been some debate in historical society circles regarding what these were used for. When I was at school, we were taught that the monks used them to as a place of refuge and safety when there were Viking raids. Because the door was halfway up, they would access it via a rope ladder and then pull the ladder up and inside with them. Another theory is that they were simply used by the monks to hide the church’s treasures, in case of raids. These towers are a bit like the tower in the Rapunzel fairy tale – once safely locked inside, no one from the outside could get in there. I don’t really mind which of those theories is true because either of them resonate with my heart, when I picture God as that Strong Tower.
The door was really high up, near the top, accessible only by a rope ladder, which they would then pull up after them. No raider was getting in there to torment, torture and destroy.
God is your strong tower! Your place of safety to run into. The place to ‘store your treasure’.