One of the most valuable improvements contributed by modern technology is in the area of communications. As a result, many of the devices we grew up with have been either significantly upgraded or rendered totally obsolete. Sadly enough, lighthouses are no exception. Once hailed as the “Saviors of the Sea,” many of these iconic structures are being decommissioned due to the advancement in geolocation technology such as sonars, radars, and GPS navigation. Although many of them are being turned over to private organizations for upkeep it is still disheartening to know that many are being left to rot away. Such is the case with the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse aka Terrible Tilly (pictured above). Built in 1881 on a rock island off the coast of Oregon, it is one of the three most expensive lighthouses ever built in the US. Unfortunately, after suffering extensive storm damage and erosion it was decommissioned in 1957. Terrible Tilly was sold and passed through the hands of several owners before being converted to a columbarium: a storage house for urns full of cremated human remains. However, improper urn storage and bad record-keeping caused it to lose its license in 1999. It is now primarily a seabird nesting place and unless it is restored it will just sit there to rot along with its ashes.
It’s no secret that researchers have been experimenting with human genetics (gene editing) for quite some time. And while they claim that their work is all in the name of Science (to extend human life) some independent studies suggest that it is in hopes of finding a way to “upgrade” the human species. As Bible-believing Christians, you and I know that such efforts are totally unethical and ungodly. The only hope mankind has to achieve perfection is to be born again of the Spirit and await the sound of the trumpet. Until then we are to committedly continue to function as lighthouses for God being careful not to allow the storms of life to erode our spiritual foundation. The more challenges we face in this world the more determined we must become in honoring God, staying true to His word, and reaching the lost with the Gospel.
The storms of life will continue to rage around us. Some of them will pass us by while others will hit us head on. If our foundation is not strong enough we will crumble and will become dark and ineffective lighthouses. When this occurs, the enemy of our soul will seize the opportunity to present us with boxes that contain the ashes of our old self, our past hurts, and our bad choices. And if we are not careful, we will begin to store these boxes in our hearts and go from being bright beacons of hope to gloomy spiritual columbariums. So, rise up, keep shining, and remember that your heart is where the living God now resides. There is no room in there for ashes!
Prayer: Almighty God, my desire is to remain active in your kingdom and to stand strong before, during and after every storm I face in life. Let your joy, peace, and love reign in my heart each and every day. And if I am ever confronted with the ashes of my past, may they only serve to remind me that I was once dead in my sins and now have been made alive in You. In the name of Jesus, the author of my life, I pray, amen.