Reflections from a hike through the Chattahoochee National Forest
IT’S WORTH CONSIDERING
This post takes a distinct turn from my normal articles. I’m including some photos and commentary from a hiking trip I took with Loren (my son) a few months ago in the Chattahoochee National Forest (about an hour and a half drive north of Atlanta, Georgia). We both needed to get away and we had a great time together.
From the falls, we hiked five miles to the Hike-Inn lodge. Here’s Loren checking the map along one of the few level trails and a sign-eating tree.
The next day we hiked to the top of Springer Mountain, the southern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. It was a four mile hike from the lodge. Along the way we found ourselves in a surreal setting as the morning clouds that engulfed us created an ever-changing panorama while the cool breeze kept the clouds in motion opening the door for the sun to break through in “God-rays” and sunbursts with the only thing missing being the choir of angels singing “Aaaaaaaaaaah.’ Check these out:
AS I SEE IT
For me, the journey had an extra dimension. I was seeking answers to a lot of questions and really needed to get away and hear from God. While it seemed that God was silent, He clearly spoke, not responding to my questions, but simply by revealing more of Himself to me. As He was in the cloud by day for the children of Israel during their forty years of wandering, I believe He was speaking to me through the cloud on the way to Springer Mountain. It reminded me of the prophet Habakkuk. He asked “Why?” but God showed him “Who.”
As is often the case, what we really need most is a clearer understanding of God, not answers to our questions. The deeper our understanding of Him, the clearer our spiritual vision becomes. The next time you find yourself asking God for answers, seek instead to know Him better. Chances are good that this is what we really need most.