A Walk of Contemplation

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto thy own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5-6

            Walnut Log…a town along the banks of Reelfoot Lake,Tennessee, is a place you decide to go to – on purpose. It’s not “on the way”.  Once having left the main highway, watch for signs to make the next turn, then the next several after that.  Having arrived in Walnut Log, you’ll recognize it by the broken down boat house on the right side of the road, and the small church up on the left.  Having passed these landmarks, you’re pretty much alone in the midst of Cyprus swamps.

            Though today the road has been paved; during the eight years I frequented this quiet sanctuary, the road was a “trail” with dust and potholes – not heavily traveled.  It was to this place I regularly fled to perch high on the Observation Deck at the end of the road. 

            Here under the canopy of Cyprus trees overlooking the lake and surrounded by the sounds of hundreds of birds, I drew inspiration from Gods’ creation, and from His Word.

            This was one of those places I believe David would have written about when he admonished us to “be still and know that I am God…” (Psalm46:10 KJV). It was on the walk down that woodsy road where I would commune with God, praise Him for Who He is, thank Him for all He is, and ask direction for my life.  This was one of those unique places where I could lift my voice aloud and pray for my children, call out my deepest heartaches, and express my most secret dreams.

            Today, hundreds of miles removed from Walnut Log,Tennessee, I have but to look at the picture to recall the spiritual battles and victories fought and won so many years ago, along this road.

       Father, today as I go about my busy schedule, help me to step away for a few moments to reflect on You…to “be still….”  Amen.   


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