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IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – July 13, 2023

IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – July 13, 2023

Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh

By Jodie Montgomery

The choir and orchestra group for the Scotland and Ireland tour included about 70 people. Idlewild was teamed with churches from Tennessee and Texas. In Edinburgh, there is a high point boldly in view, the tip of an ancient extinct volcano known as Arthur’s Seat (yes, King Arthur). It is situated east of the city center and Edinburgh Castle. Some believe it to be one of the possible locations for Camelot, the legendary court of the warrior-chief King Arthur.

After a trip to Edinburgh Castle, ten of us set out to climb Arthur’s Seat. I’m not sure why all 70 in the group didn’t come up with the thought to climb the hill. I’m not sure why we decided to try the climb. Our decision was rather impromptu. A few weren’t really wearing the right shoes for the hike, and we had no idea what the temperature would do as we went up. It’s amazing how we will do things together we might not attempt on our own. I felt so safe with these people. Looking back, I should have found out if any of the group knew first aid….

The park around the climb was beautiful. There were shocking displays of yellow common gorse as we hiked. It was good to be away from city center and having time challenged by the great outdoors while awed by His creation. It was good to cheer one another along as each of us struggled in our own way.

Some in our group doubted they would make the top. In Florida, we don’t face such inclines and the incline made it slow going. I don’t think any of us thought about how long this journey might take and we certainly weren’t prepared for the fact that going down might offer some challenges that going up did not. Some took a tumble. Our conversations varied between exclaiming over the gorgeous scenery and wondering the closest means of reaching an Uber.

Our devotional for the day read “Walking is a very popular pastime here, enjoying the magnificent buildings, and the historic sites, including the monument of Greyfriar’s Bobby…” While walking King Arthur’s Seat, we talked about this dog said to have spent his life at duty at his master’s grave following the death of the police officer that had adopted the stray dog. The story challenges us regarding our devotion and how God would have us spend our days. Do we focus on the dead more than the living? Do we remember Christ resurrected or ascended on high as much as Christ crucified?

Hiking can bring some clarity to the human heart. Hiking may connect fellow sojourners to one another and to some strangers along the way. Hiking may refresh our view in many directions.

2 Corinthians 6:16 “ Or what agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell among them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

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