“Seeing the sun, the moon and the stars, I said to myself,
‘Who could be the Master of these beautiful things?’
I felt a great desire to see him, to know him and to pay him homage.”
St. Josephine Bakhita
(a northerly view of the Mt. Mitchell range/ Julie Cook / 2022)
The above image was taken from my deck.
A view that looks northerly toward Clingman’s Dome and Mt. Mitchell.
Some day’s are crystal clear, while others live true to the name of this
particular region of the country…the Great Smoky Mountains.
According to Wikipedia:
The Great Smoky Mountains (Cherokee: ᎡᏆ ᏚᏧᏍᏚ ᏙᏓᎸ, Equa Dutsusdu Dodalv)
are a mountain range rising along the Tennessee–North Carolina border
in the southeastern United States.
They are a subrange of the Appalachian Mountains,
and form part of the Blue Ridge Physiographic Province.
The range is sometimes called the Smoky Mountains and the name is commonly
shortened to the Smokies.
The Great Smokies are best known as the home of the
Great Smoky Mountains National Park,
which protects most of the range.
The park was established in 1934, and, with over 11 million visits per year,
it is the most visited national park in the United States.
The name “Smoky” comes from the natural fog that often hangs over
the range and presents as large smoke plumes from a distance.
This fog is caused by the vegetation emitting volatile organic compounds,
chemicals that have a high vapor pressure and easily form vapors at
normal temperature and pressure.
I have always felt God’s presence in these mountains and it is now, more
than ever that I long for that presence.
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
A beautiful view for sure.
What an meeting place for a rendezvous with God. His creation calls to us to find peace in his presence. I know you will find it soon. Love you, my friend!
Love you too!!!
A beautiful view you have there and I am positive God led you right to that home so could reconcile your troubled heart.
A taste of Heaven before our very eyes! I lift mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help…
Thanks for this post, especially the quote of Psalm 121. An upcoming philosophy post, in a few weeks, is about being a mountain, and I had forgot this aspect of “mountain.” Thanks for your help.
Always happy to help Mark!
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I am quite certain the Lord has not taken His gaze from you, Julie. Especially those moments you have needed it the most.😘
What a loving Creator!