We had the privilege of travelling over the mid-
amazed about the beauty and hues of mountains, lochs and streams. We also had the privilege of having
Marése’s parents with us on the trip. To show our South African in-
On our run to Ullapool, we stopped to take photos of snow covered mountains and semi-
lochs, something they have never experienced in the arid Highveld of South Africa. Over the weekend, as the
sun came out and we had the best of the Highland in front of us, we drove to Lochinver and even did some
forest walks in Culag Woods. All our plans were made to drive further North on the Sunday, to where we stayed
last year in Kinlochbervie.
However, on Sunday morning when we woke up, we found everything was covered in snow and a white blanket
enfolded Loch Broom and its shores. Not that we were completely caught off guard, but so many locals
confirmed that we would be able to make the run up North. On the Sunday morning, 8:00 ready to go, our
friends texted us with the news that the weather and especially the snow was too bad that visibility was going to
be a problem. So, we went to church in Ullapool and spend the rest of the day playing in the snow and walking
about the town. Although our plans did not work out as we planned, we have a phone full of photo memories
about our weekend.
By the time you are reading this letter, we will be well away in Lent. The disciples were on their way for the
Passover to Jerusalem. They saw visions of a triumphant Jesus entering Jerusalem and going into the temple to
restore the ancient right of the House of David to rule over Judea once again. They were ready to take up arms
to throw away the yoke of the Roman Empire. They saw a new King, sitting on the throne of David and restoring
the past with a new future. With the perfect sight of hind-
of Jesus to the throne of David, but his journey of passion, passing the temple and going out of the city to a
lonely hill called Calvary. Nobody would take up arms to fight the Roman Empire, we rather find the disciples
hiding in the background, afraid that the same thing might happen to them.
The story of Lent boils down to the point that Jesus knew His journey would end rather different than what his
disciples wanted it to end. Can you imagine their disappointment? They were probably a bit disillusioned, did
nobody hear when Jesus announced his death three times? Peter even gave Jesus a piece of his mind, how dare
Jesus say things about His coming death? The feeling of discontent, as seen when Peter tries to intervene with a
sword in the garden? It all ended so differently than what they imagined. It does not include a new government
or king? No bashing of Roman soldiers in the style of Asterix. No, Jesus just bluntly announced that He will be
killed. For what and for whom?
We are reminded that Jesus came to this world, in a context that the ancient world could understand, to be the
perfect sacrifice. If He had to come for the first time today, the sacrifice might have looked different. Through
His death, He brought life. He already tried to explain this to Nicodemus in John 3: 14 -
Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,that everyone who
believes may have eternal life in him.” When the people of Israel journeyed through the dessert and were struck
by poisonous snakes, Moses made a copper snake and by looking at it, people were healed after being bitten.
Jesus is still inviting us to look at the cross for healing. Whether it’s spiritual, emotional or a need for healing
from our past, the Cross makes everything and everyone new. By looking, we rid from the past, our sins, our
wrongdoing. As we celebrate Easter this year, may we once again see the Cross, see the new journey and
perhaps be reminded that the best journey is sometime the one you least expected.