Peaks and Valleys of Living the Life

They say variety is the spice of life. One must be careful how that is applied, but I think I can see their point. Last week my family and I drove from our beautiful East Tennessee mountain home to southern Florida and back. Our route took us down I-26. The course between Erwin,TN and Asheville, NC is one of the most picturesque drives in our nation. As we left, I made sure Ellie took note of the scenery and she took her glance away from her DVD movie screen long enough to give me a token, “Wow!” and back in she went.

South Florida presented a different, but equally satisfying vista as we walked along the sandy beach, palm trees swaying underneath the force of the sea breeze and waves billowing forth in blue/green splendor.

We returned home to Tennessee only five days later, but those five days gave time to intensify the magnitude of the amazing fall foliage. Those days away from the mountain majesty only served to strengthen our appreciation upon our return.

Life truly is full of diversity in many ways.

Yesterday, my experiences ran the pastoral gamut of emotions. My morning consisted of a few visits in the hospital to some folk whose health had taken a sudden down turn. My afternoon brought a meeting with some folks in the midst of personal struggle and in need of guidance and prayer. Then, last night, I was able to share the glorious gospel with one who was seeking and further honored to get to see him repent and confess Jesus as his Savior and Lord. What a day!

May you be reminded today of the truth of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, there is a time for everything under the sun. Perhaps you are in a time and place where things don’t seem so grand. Take heart! In Christ alone you will find that though times and seasons are sure to change, they can always change for the better.

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