Venancio Pita and I were running to the base of El Castillo, the 100 foot high pyramid at Chichen Itza in the Yucatan peninsula. Venancio is the mentor of the Mukul family which has several brothers and sons that preach and teach at various congregations near Tizimin, Mexico whom we have supported for over 30 years. Why the hurry? We were trying to avoid the extra charges on a Volkswagen Beetle we had rented earlier in Merida, the capital of Yucatan. At that time there were no barriers from the parking lot to the pyramid, so our climb was without restrictions. On subsequent visits I was amazed at the changes. There were large walls, admission fees, guides, gift shops and hundreds of tourists. The area also has a sacrificial cenote, (pool) the Great Ball Court and an observatory. El Castillo is famous for an inner chamber that contains a statue of Chac Mool, the jaguar god made partly of jade, and the rise and fall of shadows along the steps during the equinoxes that simulate a moving serpent. Because the steps are so narrow, huge chains have been added for grasping while climbing the pyramid.

In some ways the Christian life is like that pyramid. We must build a solid base with the “…elementary truths of God’s word…” (Heb 5:12) Then start building the stones and “…go on to maturity…” (Heb 6:1) Darlene and I also visited a newly discovered pyramid at Ek Balam (shining star) which was about half uncovered. Our spiritual pyramid also has obstructions as we ascend. Old fleshly habits need to be cleared away. (Heb 12:1) Our steps are often scary and we need a chain to grasp. We have that in the promised Holy Spirit. (Eph 3:16) At the top of El Castillo is a temple to the god Chaac. Our goal as Christians is the heavenly throne of the Godhead. (Rev 4:2) During our journey to the summit, we also have an inner chamber (our heart) in which The Godhead dwells. (Jo 14:23) (Rom 8:9) (Eph 3: 16-17) Our God does not only appear at the equinoxes but everyday of our life. We worship Him in spirit and truth as our spiritual sacrifice. (Jo 4:24) (Php 4:18) (Rom 12:1) Our family once climbed the Pyramid of the Sun at Tenochtitlan near Mexico City. Each Christian will climb his/her own spiritual pyramid with its different challenges.

Jim Bailey