Perfect timing! It’s been a while since I’ve been in the mountains, but if ever there is a good time to go, it’s while the leaves are changing. The cool, crisp air is something that we who live in Florida desire, but don’t usually get until January. There’s a name the locals have for people like us, “leafers,” and I don’t mind being called that at all. We are in a setting deep in the woods, perched next to a waterfall, and a gristmill, and the color is spectacular! Does it get any better than this? Maybe in heaven! It’s a nice break right before the holidays, because as soon as I get back, I will hit the ground running with all the preparations. But for the moment, I will enjoy the peace and tranquility of the mountains, and breathe in deeply, and renew myself as I spend time with our glorious God, and our Savior Jesus. There is much to learn by spending time in the woods, God tends to use our surroundings as a tool to teach, and the quietness as a way to hear his voice. Even if it’s just for an hour or two, find time to break away and get alone with God, and if you can, take a chair and sit in the woods, you would be surprised how clear his voice becomes during that moment.
And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a desolate place by themselves. Mark 6:31-32