Once a year, I head into the wilderness to rest, relax and seek God. This year I planned an eight-day, 80-mile solo journey in the Smoky Mountains. I saw the bottom and tops of the mountains (many times), forded one river, saw 10 bears, and filtered many gallons of water. I was even charged by a turkey hiding in the bushes that I thought was a bear (which may or may not have led to a change of shorts).
The first five days I was on less-traveled trails in the deep woods of the Smoky Mountain Park. God was my only companion and the only person I could talk to. He proved to be my comfort, safety, refreshment, encouragement, strength, wisdom and much more in the wilderness. I ended the journey by hiking a section of the Appalachian Trail. I met many people, and we shared our stories with one another. God was clearly in it all!
God ministered to me through his inspired words captured in the Bible, through his creation and by his Spirit. Words can't adequately capture the blessings God poured out upon my heart, mind and soul on this quest!
The Tennessee Smoky Mountains
This photo was taken of me by another hiker on the last mile of my journey in the Smoky Mountain wilderness.