Penny and I spent a few days in the mountains last week. On a couple of those days I went for hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. One of the hikes was crowded with people. I must have seen at least 100 people in a couple of miles. Though the views were spectacular, the sound of so many people seemed to diminish it a bit.
My other hike was longer and deeper into the mountains. I went up a little-known trail named the Porter Creek Trail. I encountered a group of science majors from UT and a couple of classes of students from area schools on the lower part of the trail. But as I moved on up the trail it grew much less crowded. I only saw two or three people in more than a mile. Though the views were not as spectacular as they were on the crowded trail the experience was much different, and better. I could hear the waters of the creek making their way off the mountain down toward the Pigeon River. I could hear the leaves rustling. And if I was careful to listen, I could almost hear the voice of God saying, “Be still and know that I am God.”
You may not go on a hike this week, but you will probably need a little “alone” time with God. Find a quiet place if you can and just “listen” for God in nature and this gorgeous part of the world we inhabit. Then let’s get together on Sunday as we hear Paul’s “Parting Words” to the Christians in Colossae. I look forward to seeing you then,