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Asheville, NC

November 16, 2005

Asheville is a place I’ve always wanted to visit.  I’ve always heard great things about it.  And, if one has ever been to North Carolina in general, one will know the feeling of always being pulled back.  The beauty of autumn always enhances the pull. Well, the opportunity came for me to go two weekends ago.  The weather and scenery were beautiful, and I am convinced that better company could not have been had. 

We left on a Friday evening, after work.  Three in our party of six had left earlier in the day, and Melanie, Blaine and I were left to catch up with them at Ridgecrest.   Before anyone thinks that the weekend was full of deep meaningful and profound conversation about the mysteries of the universe, I must say that I would be challenged to find a group of six more sarcastic, cynical and witty folks to travel with.  Much laughter was had by all.  It is about a six hour drive from Nashville, and the topics of conversation on the way there consisted of Bon Jovi , Successories , Reading Rainbow , NASCAR  and much more. 

Not long into our trip, we decided to make a stop for some dinner at Chick-fil-A.  We exited the interstate and drove to the restaraunt.  We drove one mile…two miles…three miles…into Cookeville, TN.  There was literally no sign of the Chick-fil-A.  We drove back towards the interstate to get gas and Blaine asked the attendant where the Chick-fil-A was. 

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We were apparently supposed to make a right turn down a road that we missed.  We ranted for a while about how they should have signs, and why didn’t they have signs??!!  We wasted 40 minutes of our travels with that stop.  We left the gas station, headed for the Chick-fil-A, finally, when we saw this…sign.

They should really have signs.

We arrived at our destination at 1:00 am EST and went directly to bed.  Our lodging was at a conference center in Ridgecrest that Beth got us hooked up with through Lifeway, a Southern Baptists Publishing Company where she works spreading the good new of Jesus.  It just so happened that a women’s conference was going on at the time AND we had a man with us.  We apparently created quite a stir with the ladies…they asked Blaine if he was "the handyman".  He made some lady friends and we all thought that maybe he should stay around the conference center and capitalize in his unique situation.  Alas, he went hiking with us. 

Since we traveled when it was dark the night before, we had no idea what our surroundings looked like.  We stepped outside into God’s great autumn and the beginning of his creation resting for a season. 

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After a good breakfast, save one of the worst cups of coffee ever, we began our journey to Chimney Rock for a hike, which tooks us past sites where Last of the Mohichans was filmed.  It was a wonderful few hours full of conversations, laughing, more Reading Rainbow stories (courtesy of Blaine) and Beth’s award for coming the closests to falling off a precipice.  The day concluded with New Orleans cuisine for a well deserved dinner, and music and darts at Jack of the Wood pub in downtown Asheville. 

Sunday morning we shopped downtown Asheville after taking in breakfast at an upscale greasy spoon, and then it was back home.  The jouney home brought more in the way of profound conversation as Blaine, Melanie and I touched base on some important topics of this season of life and our journey as followers of Jesus.  Peaceful, I would say it was.  Quick, but peaceful.  I saw what I perceived to be every star in the heavens from high on a mountain, listening to the wind swirl around and moving through the trees, speaking its mysterious language.  And whatever it was saying in that moment, I knew that I had to move with it…we all do…

But you don’t have to take my word for it… 🙂

Suddenly there came a sound from the sky like the roar of a violent
wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting..they were all filled with the Ruach
HaKodesh and began to talk in different languages, as the Spirit
enabled them to speak.

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Travel  Well

 

 

 

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