Stairs are quite a handy tool when you need to reach higher grounds without much effort! They are also quite practical in performing daily physical activities without the expensive inconveniences of athletic clubs or machinery!
Most stairs are quickly build out of wood and covered by carpet or linoleum. Some stairs however, take longer to make. Take the Queen’s Staircase in the Bahamas, for example. Hundreds of slaves worked on this 102 foot staircase between 1793 and 1794. Using axes and other sharp tools, they carved 65 steps directly into the limestone! I can just imagine the sweat that was poured out over this project!
The staircase was named for Queen Victoria, to celebrate her 65 years of sovereignty – One step for each year of her reign! It provided a shorter route to and from Bennet’s Hill, and it now connects Princess Margaret Hospital with Fort Fincastle, on the top of the hill.
A long alley hewed out of limestone leads to the bottom of the staircase, and the alleyway is lined by exotic vegetation with a majestic fountain just to the left, at the foot of the stairs.
I couldn’t stop marvelling over the work of those who laboured on this project. Although they had no freedom, they took pride of their work and through their labour they gave glory to their Maker. I wonder if we couldn’t learn a thing or two from them. Is labour, in our day and age, still performed with such attention to detail? Do we still take pride in our work? Or has the almighty dollar replace its value?
But more importantly, how am I performing my duties at work? Does my labour bring about dissatisfaction, or do I, in everything I do, work to give glory to my Creator? Remember, He is the one who painstakingly took care of not only all the details of my existence, but also all the details of my salvation!
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (Col 3:23 NIV)
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