GREAT THOUGHTS !
It was my first experience of visiting Georgia. After waiting at the transportation pick-up area for twenty minutes and not seeing any shuttle for the hotel where I had booked to stay, I decided to make enquiries. It was only then I realized that I had made a costly mistake of booking myself in at a hotel several miles away from Atlanta city. “I must find somewhere closer to the city where I have made appointments to do research for my project”, I said nervously to myself. From what I had heard of Georgia, “Everywhere was far from everywhere.”
It was as if the tall, slim gentleman standing close by had read my thoughts. He walked towards me smiling as he greeted me in his Southern drawl, “ How ya doing today, mam ?”. I explained my plight and the Afro-American confidently explained that there was a hotel nearby that offered a significant discount for persons who were stranded. He, John, was the chauffeur for that hotel’s shuttle. Of course, I would not let this opportunity slip by, so without further ado, I allowed John to put my bags in his small bus.
“I do hope you enjoy your stay here”, John said as the shuttle stopped outside the hotel’s entrance.
I had a comfortable night’s rest and awoke early the next morning to welcome my first experience of autumn, September 2003.
I drew the curtains and the beautiful light of day reminded me of the Lord who is ”my light and my salvation”. (Psalm 27, v 1 – New KJV).
I walked to the patio and saw paths on either side of the roads near by. These paths reminded me of “the paths of righteousness” . (Psalm 23; v. 3, New KJV). Some of the paths led to the woods and reminded me that “all the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth to such as keep His covenant and His testimonies”.
( Psalm 25. v 10 New KJV). Some of the green trees reminded me of “green pastures”. (Psalm 23; v. 2, New KJV). Others looked strong and mighty and reminded me of “the Lord mighty in battle” . (Psalm 24 v. 8, New KJV).
My eyes roamed all around. As I paced the patio my feet pressed on and that reminded me that “My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He shall pluck my feet out of the net “. (Psalm 25; v15). I saw a squirrel as he ascended up a hill and that reminded me of this question: “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord”?
(Psalm 24; v. 3, New KJV)
Two birds spoke secrets to each other and that reminded me that “the secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him “. (Psalm 25; v. 14). The purity of the air reminded me of “a pure heart”. (Psalm 24; v. 4, New KJV).
It was evident that the architecture of the neighbourhood houses had been preserved and that reminded me always to “let integrity and uprightness preserve me”. (Psalm 25; v 21 New KJV). The brightly painted doors reminded me of the “everlasting doors “! (Psalm 24; v.9, New KJV). The grass on the earth reminded me that “the earth is the Lord’s”. (Psalm 24; v1, New KJV). A hotel worker glanced up and asked “how are you today” ? Those words reminded me that “Your loving kindness is before my eyes”. (Psalm 26’; v 3, New KJV)
I wanted to have stayed on the patio all day and that reminded me that “On You I wait all the day “. (Psalm 25; v 5, New KJV). Again, I looked all around me. “Oh, how I love being at this hotel “! I said. Being there reminded me that, “Lord I have loved the habitation of Your house and the place where Your glory dwells”. (Psalm 26; v. 8, New KJV)
The beautiful atmosphere had strengthened me and that reminded me that “He shall strengthen your heart “. (Psalm 31; v 24, New KJV) I returned indoors and that reminded me that “I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever” . (Psalm 23; v. 6, New KJV).
The next time I travel to Georgia, I will make reservations to stay at that same hotel.
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