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On location: The Great Smokey Mountains

Over Easter Break our family traveled to the Great Smokey Mountains. We stopped in at the Biltmore Estate and toured America’s largest home. Our final destination was a little mining town of Franklin, NC. Our mission was to take the kids mining for gemstones. Our son had learned about geology, minerals and gemstones this past year. This trip served as and educational vacation and field trip.

About 5 hours from home we began the slow ascent up the mountains. The changing air pressure caused our ears began to pop. Excitement bubbled up inside all of us. As we traveled down 40 W and then 23 S it was apparent why the mountain range is referred to as “The Great Smokey Mountains”, these mountains demand your attention. They are simply beautiful. The Great Smokey Mountains are called “smokey” because of the fog or mist that settles on the mountains in the mornings and evenings and after a rainfall. From a distance, this mist presents as large smoke plumes.

“Your life is a mist that appears for a little while, then vanishes.” James 4:14

We continued to travel Southwest as the sun fell lower in the sky. The mountains changing from green to purple as the sun sank and the mist rose. Beauty abound. The kids bounced in the back seat as they sang. Meanwhile, I say “Kids, look at these beautiful mountains!” Their response: “Uh-huh” as they continued to sing. From my co-pilot position, I turn around and repeat, “Look how beautiful!” Again, the same words utter back in unison “Un-huh” and they continued to sing. Frustrated, I turn back around wondering how they can see such beauty can yet utter the response “Uh-huh.” At home we live in an area surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, so why am I so captivated by these mountains. Not all mountain ranges are created equal. As we crest the mountain, I began to feel small, insignificant, motionless compared to the Creator who formed these majestic mountains.

“In his hands are the depths of the earth and the mountain peaks belong to him.” Psalms 95:4

Song lyrics fill my mind and I begin to softly sing. “Indescribable, uncontainable, you placed the stars in the sky and you know them by name, you are Amazing God…” I gaze out the window to the Great Mountains in awe…In unison I sing along with our children…”Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim…You are Amazing God…” Tears streaming down my face. I am so dense. I was trying to force the kids to use adjectives, to form sentences to describe the creations.

But, all along the kids were singing..they were responding to and praising the Creator!

Awestruck I fall to my knees as I humbly proclaim…You are Amazing God!


“May you and I be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” Romans 1:12

Indescribable Lyrics

Performed by Chris Tomlin

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