This blog submitted by Bob Williamson. Bob can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
I gave a group of folks a tour of our resort at Honey Lake Plantation yesterday and I have to say that I was quite pleased to do so. We are getting very close to opening day and it’s looking great. My guests were in awe of the place and commented over and again how beautiful everything was. They viewed lush pastures with horses peacefully grazing in them,, crystal clear lakes, centuries old canopied oak trees draped with Spanish moss, towering pines, flowing native grasses, dozens of busy fox squirrels scampering through green grass and vast woodlands.
I can tell you that they oohed and ahhed as they toured the majestic Gathering Hall with its ornate ballrooms especially the Grand Ballroom with its centerpiece, a magnificent 32 foot long Seminole Indian tribe mural painted over a century ago by renowned artist J. Clinton Shepherd.
As we moved through the various venues of the resort they literally acted like kids in a candy store, especially the women at Spa Honey and the men at the Hooking Bull Sport Shooting Complex.
I always show Honey Lake Plantation Church last and it’s amazing how quiet everyone gets when we walk through those doors. It’s stunning to see pristine Honey Lake through the three large windows adorned with large pecky Cypress crosses and the exquisite stained glass windows, especially the one of Jesus Christ. It is in fact so moving that it’s not unusual to see tears streaming down the faces of visitors when they enter and feel God’s presence surround them. Music softly plays throughout the chapel day and night and just as we entered, (right on cue), Elvis Presely began soulfully singing How Great Thou Art.
Honey Lake is an ideal location for a wedding, corporate retreat, meeting venue, or bed and breakfast getaway, but if someone wanted to get close to God and enjoy a spiritual retreat extraordinaire, then this is the location.
Personally I can feel God’s presence not just in the church, but in this land. It’s a little after 3 a.m. and I just took my little pup outside. I looked up at the sky and it was inky black and was glistening with innumerable stars. I heard a couple of owls hooting at each other down in the cypress pond below my home and I smelled the pleasing fragrance of the piney woods drifting through the ealy morning air. My little pup sat down on the driveway and just stared out into the darkness. I sat down beside him and did likewise. As my eyes adjusted to the light I could barely see his nose twitching as he analyzed all of the smells entering his wonderful little nose and I wondered what he might be thinking.
As for me, I was thinking, “Yes God lives here on this land and I believe that He loves it even more than I do.” I remembered in Genesis after the creation and He looked upon all that He had created and said, “It is good!” From where I was sitting I couldn’t have agreed more.
Most of us tend to focus on the bad things of this world most of the time. We are bombarded with cable and worldwide web news and it seems that none of it’s good. High unemployment, out of control debt, homelessness, demonstrations, murder, divorce, rape, robbery, suicide, terrorists, wars, violence of every description, perversion, injustice, and the like all seemed very far away as I sat outside with little Cooper.
We looked; we listened; we stared.
Finally I said, “Let’s go back inside Coopie”. He looked up at me and seemed to smile as he jumped up and followed me wagging his little tail every step of the way.
I was tempted to take a look at the headlines on the web when I returned to my desk, but instead picked up my Bible. I want to concentrate on the good things in life today and I want to thank God for all that He has created and for sharing His majestic glory with me this morning.
I pray to Him that He will open more eyes to the beauty, peacefulness, and good of His creation, and that we will focus on that and not the perversion of sin that spoils this gorgeous little blue marble that He hung in space for our enjoyment and His.
1 Tim. 4:3
For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,