For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 1 CORINTHIANS 3:9, NKJV
We had traveled for days before arriving at Machu Picchu, ancient ruins that were built by the Incan people in the 1400s. It was occupied for about one hundred years and then suddenly it was abandoned. Little by little, memory of the city was lost, and the city became overgrown by the jungle for almost four hundred years till it was rediscovered in 1911. Since then, tourism to this unique site has steadily grown. Even after arriving, in order to visit the ruins, you have to be able to walk long distances and climb lots of treacherous steps and paths. But, once you get there, it is truly an amazing place. Because of its historical importance, there is even a no-fly zone in effect there that means no airplanes can fly overhead.
After the couple of days, it’s taken you to get there, you begin to appreciate just how remote and isolated this place is. It’s easy to see how incredibly complicated it must have been to build this city in such a hard-to-get-to place. It’s also easy to appreciate the precision of the stonecutters who worked there. The buildings were not made from mud bricks. They were hand-carved by stonecutters. In most other ancient ruins, it’s easy to see how the ancient builders accurately cut rectangular rocks to build their buildings, but the structures at Machu Picchu are different. I remember seeing many huge rocks that had more than ten sides, and each stone perfectly fit in with the one next to it. Every rock was cut completely different, but each did an important job there. When I think about how difficult it was to build places like Machu Picchu or the pyramids of Egypt, it makes me grateful knowing that GOD is the ultimate planner and designer.