Hike the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the eastern United States, and you’ll come across numerous waterfalls. Search in Georgia, alone, where the mountain range begins, and you’ll discover 36 significant (and beautiful) waterfalls.
That doesn’t include the small fry, the little cascades scattered along every tumbling stream and river.
Amicalola Falls, from the Cherokee “tumbling waters,” is the largest in the state, at 729 feet. It plunges down seven cascades, ending in a reflection pool at the bottom.
Start at the bottom, and the path is easy. The mountain air is cool, and you hardly break a sweat. Around you are thickly wooded slopes, and you might come across a sign showing you are at the trailhead of the Appalachian Trail that runs all the way to Maine.
It’s when you start up the mountainside to the top of the waterfall that you begin to see what you were missing at the bottom. As beautiful as the reflecting pool is, on the way up, the trees begin to open to glimpses of the distant hills undulating across the landscape in their forested beauty – as far as the eye can see. Then, at the top, you look down the waterfall, and the reflecting pool at the base disappears into the rising mist. Before you stretches the unimpeded landscape, disappearing into the horizon miles away.
It takes work to get to the top of Amicalola Falls, but the reward is worth every step.
Zephaniah 3:17 is a testament to the unending beauty of our glorious God.
“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”
When we break out of our comfort zone to hike up God’s mountain, we’ll find our ultimate reward at the end. It will be beyond compare.
God is worth every step we take toward him.
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