The last adventure from our recent trip through the Smokey Mountains led us to a beautiful location in Asheville called The Cove. This is a retreat center developed by The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association for individuals to come and delve into God's Word, reflect on their personal spiritual development and just rest, refresh and breathe. There are Biblical sessions taught, music presentations and seminars that represent, for the believer, a trip to the buffet table prepared by our Lord for saturating our palates with His knowledge!
Gary and I were given a personal tour by the Marketing Director, Jill, and what an absolute pleasure to meet someone who gave you the feeling of an old friendship! The grounds were beautifully landscaped and many personal stories told of Ruth and Billy Graham reasoning for this retreat center and how it came to be. In fact, we are planning on attending sessions next August and I simply cannot wait!!
Although Gary and I toured the Biltmore House, which is a lovely adventure and peek into the wealth of the Vanderbilts, The Cove and the ministries of BGEA have won my heart. The selflessness of these ministries in the ongoing mission to win souls to Jesus Christ just fills my soul with joy and puts much needed wind underneath my spiritual wings.
If you get a chance to visit, tour or attend events at The Cove, please take advantage of the opportunity. You will leave that mountain knowing that you have felt the touch of our Lord. As a testimony to that touch, there is a prayer room located in the Chapel on the grounds of The Cove's retreat center. After touring through the chapel and being awed by the aged furniture and pews that Ruth Graham found while visiting a church in Europe, we walked upstairs to the prayer room. There in the center of this room was a circle that had a kneeling bench all around it and a round table in the middle with a globe located in the center. There were scripture verses on the wall and I could not leave this room until I had gotten on my knees and lifted my heart in prayer over various concerns. I stayed there for some time and when I rose from my knees there was a young man (everyone is young to me these days) to the side of the room sitting on another bench with stationery spread out before him. He struck up a conversation and immediately we began to share about our prayer concerns.
It was such a joy to be able to take away from this time in the prayer room the name of someone who lives quite a distance from us, but is a brother in Christ and felt comfortable to share his heart. Divine appointments are everywhere and pop up when we least expect them. But isn't it great when God opens the curtains of His Will and allows us to be a part of His ministry on earth!
God bless, my friends!