Manchester Cathedral: Looking Down to See Up

The fine, fifteenth-century roof of Manchester Cathedral is not easy to appreciate without straining one’s neck. The management has therefore helpfully installed a viewing mirror, by which visitors may inspect the beams and carvings while maintaining a more comfortable pose. Those who look down are likely to have a better view than those who look up, ironically.

If one is to correctly understand the great God of heaven, investing in a powerful telescope will serve little purpose. Neither will examining magnificent cathedral spires or ascending great mountains. Wonderful sights these might bestow, but it is by reading the pages of His word that one discovers God’s character, workings and demands. Look down, and you will often see more than those who gaze at the stars with their head in the clouds.

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. Psalm 19:7