Wendy and I have just returned from a couple of days in Dovedale. It’s in Derbyshire and Staffordshire, and not the Lake District. (People often ask whether it’s in the Lake District, or assume it is).
It’s my 27th time there – but the first in winter. January. We would have liked snow because we enjoy walking in it, and admiring the beauty of snowscapes.
No snow. But we saw things we had never seen before, because there were no leaves on the trees. We could see buildings, and parts of rivers, and hills that we had not seen before. And we could see further. It was the same beautiful landscape, but we could see more.
It made me think back to my student days, when Barrie the atheist became Barrie the Christian. Suddenly, I could see things I had never seen before – truth concerning my Creator, Redeemer, the Bible, eternity… And I could see further – eternity, judgement, heaven, hell, etc.
Maybe we will return again in winter, and revel in awesome views. Perhaps we’ll get snow next time. And the food is always superb. Everybody should go there. Glad they don’t!