June 4: A Castle in Denia

We woke up late again...the time change is harder when you can set your own schedule for getting up early to begin the vacation.  I felt ready to start looking around my city.  By the time we had eaten and enjoyed the morning it was 12:28 pm.  

The great thing about vacation is well...it's vacation!  Time is supposed to slow down, whether you are awake or sleeping.  It stays light here much later than in Florida, as well.  The Spaniards like to get stuff done in the morning, and then from 2:00pm - 5:00pm or so....everything slows down to a halt.  Restaurants close, and people take a siesta.  I like that!

This information was unknown to us as we set out.  While we were hanging out in the morning, David found out about Castillo Denia.  Hmmm...we thought?  Where is it?  All three of us had a good laugh when we discovered it is located not far from us at all on the little mountain in the middle of town!  Not sure how we missed it when we were driving in.....something like "Don't miss the forest for the trees!"  

Off we went to see the castle.  It is really big, and you can see it from all parts of the city, I think.  The GPS on our phone kept putting us onto these narrow streets that ended up being closed.  Then I would have to back up back to the other street, and on we would go.  It was really funny!

Finally we get to what we later found out was the back side of the castle.  We met a couple from NYC/Puerto Rico, Henry and Carmen, and we all worked together to find out how to get up to the castle.  Another man we ran into, who is a British native, but has lived in Denia for 16 years, gave us great directions!  Silly us - we had to walk through a tunnel under the castle to the other side!  Once again, God sent people to help/get help from, and added to our great adventure!  God is good...all the time!

We all arrived up at the castle to find out that the museum was closed (siesta time), so we relaxed, took photos, visited with people, and I ate some really good cherries!  This castle was originally founded in 1200 AD! 

Waiting to get into the little museum was worth it.  I love history - it tells the story of how we all got to be the way we are with our cultural customs and preferences.  This reminds me of when God spoke to the Israelites through Moses before they entered the Promised Land.  

The passage I am thinking about is in Deuteronomy 4:9-10, "Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren, especially concerning the day you stood before the Lord your God in Horeb, when the Lord said to me, ‘Gather the people to Me, and I will let them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.’"

So far we have seen four castles, two of which lie in ruins and are just relics.  What lessons do they contain that have been long forgotten?  What stories would their walls tell if they could speak?  Moses told the Israelites what to do...to read the Word once a week together, so they could remember the Lord their God and do all that He told them to do.   They didn't, and as a result were taken captive.  

Were the two castle's we saw taken captive?  Is that why they lie in ruins?  What about you and I's lives?  Do we remember where we've been and teach our children?  Do you and I take the time to read God's word?  or, do the stories of our lives look more like the ruins left over after being taken captive?  Just saying....something to ponder!  

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