August 16-19 I traveled for the first time into the deep woods of central North Carolina. In the heart of those woods near the small town of Robbins is Brown’s Chapel Christian Church. I am fascinated to travel to this area of the United States, especially among the original thirteen colonies, and to take in the rich history that is all around you. As you travel the route out to Robbins, you pass by dozens of businesses that specialize in the crafting of custom pottery as this is a specialty in this popular tourist area. You are also struck by the heritage and history of many of the longstanding churches that are there.
This actually became a spiritual lesson for me throughout that morning and since that day. It reminds me to keep letting go of things and letting Jesus do through me what I cannot do in every single area of life. It is as the prayer Major Ian Thomas writes in his wonderful book, The Indwelling Life of Christ, “Jesus, I can’t, but You can, and that’s all I need to know.” It doesn’t matter at all what my score is on the golf course, but there are some things that He really cares about and that do matter, and I can just rest in Him for everything and enjoy this day and every day. I am thankful for a trip to the woods of North Carolina to remind me again of this truth,