4. To be, in faith, both humble and proud: that is, to live, to know that in God I am nothing, but that God is in me.
In his diary, Dag Hammarskjöld writes about how, for a long time, he thought of humility and pride as opposites. He struggled with challenge of creating a whole out of the two aspects of himself: externally, a proud statesman while also, internally, a humble seeker for spiritual truths.
The fourth stone ‘marking’ along the King’s Trail has probably caused many a hillwalker to scratch his head.
“To be, in faith, both humble and proud: that is, to live, to know that in God I am nothing, but that God is in me.”
What does he mean? Perhaps that, in a greater context, every one of us is individually of little consequence. Humbly, Hammarskjöld accepts that he needs others and, especially, the wholeness he perceives and chooses to give the name God.
But, small as he feels that he is, he forms part of that greater whole. We all have a responsibility to support other, each according to his or her own strength and ability – but sometimes we, too, need to be supported. Is this not something that we should recognise with both pride and humility?
Or, perhaps you understand this Marking in a different sense?