Column: "One Layman's Outlook": Finding High Towers on a Gulf Coast road trip

Monday, September 13, 2004

by Larry Elkins

I may have figured out what my family's road trips are all about.

In August we were on our way to the Gulf Coast. While driving through Mississippi I looked at the map and saw that the highway we were on went through Yazoo City. We had been planning to make it over the Interstate. When I informed my wife, Cindy, where the highway went, she said, "We have to go to Yazoo City."

I smiled and thought this really defines our trips. Why in the world would we "have to go" to Yazoo City, Miss.? What possible connection could our lives have with Yazoo City?

Then I remembered Jerry Clower; I had grown up listening to the comedian telling stories that included many references to Yazoo City, Miss. The decision was made. We had to go.

I began to think about all the places we had been. Some trips we just go. Those I haven't figured out.

Of all the trips that we actually planned, there were no places we had been that someone hadn't told us about, or that we had seen on a map, or a brochure. Maybe it was curiosity. Maybe we were checking out the accuracy of what we had heard.

Either way, we were going to Yazoo City.

That secondary highway took us through a lot of farm country as any highway in Mississippi would. As I rode quietly in the car the Holy Ghost said, "Look up." I did. There was a tree line and a water tower across the field. I watched the highway as we drove through a small town and back into the fields. Soon I saw another water tower.

The Word of God began to roll through my mind. Several places King David called the Lord his "high tower." In John 4:10 Jesus speaks of giving us living water.

On this highway the first indication of a town was seeing the water tower.

Luke 21:28 says, "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh." In verse 27 we read, "And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory."

Our High Tower is on the horizon. In case you didn't know Luke 21 is one of the places where Jesus gives a list of the signs of His return.

One of these signs is "the sea and the waves roaring." We arrived on the Gulf Coast one day after Hurricane Alex left the east coast, while Tropical Storm Bonnie was building up. We arrived home just a few days before Hurricane Charley hit land. Since then we've had Daneille, Earl, and Frances. Ivan is threatening as I write this.

I'm sure someone, somewhere is saying, "Yeah, yeah, Jesus is coming back. Sure, I've heard it all my life and these signs (insert air quotes around "signs" ) have been happening my whole life." Well, if you're saying that, then you are another sign. II Peter 3:3-4 says, "Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation."

"So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand." That's Luke 21:31.

When we see our High Tower from which we get living water, we begin to look "for a city which has foundation whose builder and maker is God." Hebrews 11:10.

John describes this city in Revelation chapter 21 and 22. I feel another road trip coming on.

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