In the brutal heat of mid-summer, you can’t help but begin thinking about fall. Especially if you live in the south. Not that you’re ready for summer to be over. Not at all. There are still too many warm weather activities you want to get in before the chill of autumn arrives. But it’s still nice to think about – comfortably warm days, a mild chill in the air come evening, sweater weather, toasting marshmallows around the fire pit, football season, and the best thing of all – the changing of the leaves, Blue Ridge style!
And there is no better place to witness this spectacular sight than two of the south’s most famous roads – Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Absolutely amazing beauty abounds in every direction, around every curve, and on every pull out, especially during October. Unbelievably brilliant color in an endless array of hues graces the mountainsides, beginning at the top and cascading downward as the season progresses. The sun shines brightly in the clear blue sky, enhancing the already radiant colors. And even if you happen to be here on a cloudy or rainy day, the misty beauty is still obvious.
“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.” Psalm 121:1-2.
One thing I love about living near these mountains is the visible reminder they are to me of God’s constant guidance, help, and Presence in my life. What would I do without Him? Where would I be without Him?
I don’t think I realize exactly how often I need God’s help. I need His help to deal with sin and have a repentant heart. I need His help to give me hope during adversity and trial. I need His help to fulfill my responsibilities for today. I need His help in my relationships and in treating others the way He wants me to. I need His help to face the problems of life.
I will not find true help in my best friend, in my bank account, in an advice column, or on a talk show. The only help in this life is the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth, and these beautiful mountains cause me to lift my eyes and be mindful of this truth.