We just got back from getting away to Maggie Valley, NC for a couple of days. I can’t tell you how badly we needed it. It was a breath of fresh air, literally. I decided to drive through Gatlinburg and then through the mountains on Newfoundland Gap road, then onto the Blue Ridge Parkway where we could make it to our destination. The drive after Gatlinburg was amazing. Nothing against Gatlinburg, but I couldn’t do that scene. There were way too many people.
Back to the drive. We found so many places to stop and enjoy the view. The temperature cooled and it felt like a hint of fall. I was completely in love. When we got to Maggie Valley we rested and planned our drive for the next day. Getting away is always needed from time to time.
The next day we started out by eating breakfast at a great cafe called Country Vittles. It was like sitting at Grandma’s table. The food was great. From there we drove down the Blue Ridge Parkway to Asheville. There were a few times I got misty eyed. The beauty of God’s creation is stunning. That section of the Blue Ridge Parkway is one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen here in the lower 48. I can’t wait to go back, hopefully this fall to see the color of the leaves.
In our spiritual walk many times we get bogged down with every day life. Getting up and going through the motions day after day can get old and drain you. That’s why it’s so important to get away. I’m not talking about physically. I’m talking about getting away with God. If you don’t have time with him, you’ll find yourself drying up spiritually. Sooner or later you’ll die inside. You can’t live without him.
Make time to get away with God. If you have to get up early in the morning do it. If you have to stay up late, do it. I don’t care what you have to do, DO IT. Your life depends on it. You know what it’s like when you get away on vacation and break the day to day routine. You know how it can revive you and invigorate you. It’s the same when you find time alone with God and pray. It breaks the routine of the day and refreshes you.
I challenge you to start with 30 minutes of prayer and then read your bible. Allow God to speak to you through his word. It will make all the difference.