The ruins of the Royal Castle of Tarbert occupy a commanding position on a hilltop overlooking the entrance to the harbour. Built around the 13th. century, the original castle appears to have been quite large. Today, all that remains standing is the Tower House which was built about 1494. For as long as I can remember the Tower has been covered with ivy and in recent years the public have been denied access as the structure deteriorated and became dangerous.
In recent years dramatic changes have taken place. The local Community Trust having obtained ownership of the site, put in place a plan to stabilise the Tower and, with a tremendous local volunteer effort, eventually make the whole site a visitor attraction and historical / educational resource. For the last year the Tower has been surrounded in scaffolding as a specialist firm, using as far as possible traditional materials, prevent any further deterioration. I believe that this task alone could take another two years. The surrounding area however, has already been transformed by the dedicated volunteer effort, floodlighting has been installed and the site has become quite a visitor attraction.
I cannot help thinking that, much as I admire and applaud man’s best efforts, they pale into insignificance compared with what God can do. The Community Trust do not intend to, and indeed never could, make The Royal Castle of Tarbert what it once was. God however has promised that one day He will re-create a new, perfect heaven and earth.
“Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” 2Pe 3:13
He has also promised that in a moment He will resurrect every person that has died. Those who love and trust Him will spend eternity with Him. Those who do not will spend a lonely eternity in hell.
“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” 1Co 15:52
“And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” Mat 25:46