As the car slowly turned to go up the hill, I craned my neck to get a better view of the building. Its columns soared skyward in dark brown beautiful symmetry. “The Steel Triangle. What a fantastic building, fitting into the three rivers, with the rest of the Pittsburgh skyline enhancing rather than dominating it,” I thought. “What a lovely brown that steel is—my favorite shade,” I remarked.
Our friend who knew a lot about this United States Steel building began to tell us some of what could not be seen. “See those columns? They rise to a height of 841 feet, and there are eighteen of them. Each column is made up of hollow sections and contains a total of about 400,000 gallons of water plus antifreeze.” He went on to say, “This water is to protect the building during any possible outbreak of fire. Without the water, the columns would lose their strength and collapse.” Poured-in protection! Beauty, strength, and purpose easily seen by one who looks at this especially fine modern building. But also a hidden protection, poured in to stay, ready for any sudden attack of fire.
What a good illustration of the marvel of the “water” with which God has promised to fill those who are a part of his building, his people! “Jesus answered and said unto her, “Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:13, 14). “In … that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, if any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly [his innermost being] shall flow rivers of living water. (But this he spake of the Spirit, which they that ...1
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