“Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing she hath wings.” Victor Hugo
Yesterday, we had the opportunity to ride through the Smoky Mountains. This picturesque environment was enveloped with clouds and an unending rain and yet it contained so an endless beauty. Enormous trees, covered with vining plants crawling up the trunks, encased the road, making it feel like we were in a giant terrarium. Occasionally we’d come upon a broken down house or primitive cabin to indicate that life abided there.
I began imagining what it must have been like for the early settlers as they forged their way through these magnificent slopes – following only the trail of the animals who originally carved it. Our nation was built by human sweat, determination, courage and diligence and the grace of our Creator. All of that paid off as National Parks were established to preserve these God given treasures.
We often struggle through each day, in hopes of finding success, contentment, purpose and usefulness. As we approach every new stage of development, there are new adventures awaiting, new roads to carve, new mountains to climb. there are also obstacles to overcome, bumps in the road and disappointments. We are the ones who decide whether we follow our own direction or allow God to lead us.
In all our ways, we should submit to God’s judgment. He knows the plans He’s laid out for us. He wrote the blueprint before we even existed. So how does that happen? No, God doesn’t spell it out for us in words written on a wall. He doesn’t pull strings like a great puppet master. He speaks to us through HIs holy words in the Bible. He gives us peace of mind, when we make correct decisions. He supports us when things fall apart. He guides us yet He’s created us with a free will.
God didn’t create us with wings, but with Him,we have the ability to soar.