Built between 1672-1695, the Castillo de San Marcos is still an imposing structure. It was built by the Spanish to protect the town of San Augustine. It was constructed from coquina and built in a star shape. Despite numerous assaults and the town changing hands the fortress was never conquered. One purpose of the fort was to provide a place of refuge and shelter during enemy assaults for towns people. During one attack by the British each day the Castillo was bombard by cannons from ships. Each night the Spanish troops would remove cannon balls from the fortress walls. Each morning the fortress showed no visible damage.
As Christians, we have a fortress that is stronger and safer than the tick walls of the Old Spanish fort. God wants to be our refuge when bombard by the enemies attack. Of course, God’s desire is to have fellowship with us in the times of joy and celebration as well.
1 I love you, LORD, my strength.
2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise,
and I have been saved from my enemies. 4 The cords of death entangled me;
the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. 5 The cords of the grave coiled around me;
the snares of death confronted me
6 In my distress I called to the LORD;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears
Several years ago I made a multi-dimensional painting of an owl on glass for a friend. The Big Guy has been asking me to make one for him. This past week I finally got it painted. The Big Guy wanted me to paint the light house in St. Augustine, Fl.
The painting is on 2 layers of glass. The backside of the bottom piece of glass has the sky & basic form of the light. The top side of the bottom glass has black stripes and some light details. The bottom side of the middle glass has the trees. The top side of the middle glass has the details for the trees and top outlines for the light.
The Big Guy and I are from Texas but currently live in Florida. Today I thought I would show the contrast between my two worlds.
The world where I grew up is quite different from where I live now. I now live in a world where things are green year round. Trees are very tall and everywhere.
It is considered a drought if the rainfall is down thirty inches. During the spring and summer it rains most afternoons in Florida. It is rarely windy unless there is a storm. Sixty degrees is considered a cold winter day and that is a without a wind chill factor. In five years we haven’t had a summer day reach 100 degrees.
St. Augustine Beach
In Florida it seems that water is everywhere with the Atlantic on the east, the Gulf on the west and lakes everywhere.
What contrast from where I grew up. Things are green in the spring and then they turn brown.
Much of Texas just doesn’t have many trees and those aren’t very big.Thirty inches of rain would be a good year. Water is often a very precious and scarce commodity.
It isn’t windy until the trees touch the ground. The year we moved to our new world by mid June we had already had 30 days over 100 degrees.
The original St. Augustine Lighthouse was a converted Spanish tower. A brick tower was built in 1824. The current lighthouse was completed in 1874 and remained in operation through at least the 1980s. I cannot remember the when it was decommissioned and could not find the date on line