Angels Drive Land Rovers


I bet you’re not too different from me in that you look forward to getting away for long weekends. I had one of those this past weekend.  The Little Miss is still on her autumn kick and wanted to see the changing leaves, something we don’t experience living in South Florida. With her wish nicely plated on silver, my husband set out to fulfill it. He chose Gatlinburg, Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains, a place we could fly to in our small plane within a few hours.

Leave! So many beautiful leaves!

Leaves! So many beautiful leaves!

She diligently watched the webcam of the National Park for the week leading up to our trip just to make sure Mother Nature wasn’t going to get the jump on her. It was all good and we were off with a great plan—one that was only known to my husband, the executive personality type that he is.

We landed and began our drive through the mountains—taking advantage of every overlook, country road, and photo op.  The weather was overcast and the temperature ideal. We were having a blast taking it all in and stopping at the local eateries. We ended the evening with a tour of the Titanic Museum, an emotional journey, followed by a joyful Christmas show at the Great Smoky Mountain Opry.

The following day we set out to traverse the Great Smoky Mountains to see what we could see. Weentered the park and took the one way roundabout. We were singing, showing off our individual photos (and whose was better, not mine), and watching the fog slowly descend over the mountains.

Love the misty foggy feel of the mountain.

Love the misty foggy feel of the mountain.

We noticed it coming, but didn’t take much heed because it made the landscape magical and earie at the same time—we were in awe. My daughter and I were barking orders to our driver, the Executive to “Stop here!” “Pull over there!” “Wait! Let me get this one!” He was so accommodating, God bless his soul, that was until the Executive decided we needed a particular shot and pulled right over into a small ditch.

The Executive immediately jumped out to investigate the hole we’d plunged into. He wasn’t outside more than 5 seconds when a silver Land Rover pulled up behind us and out popped eight 20-something young men. Did I mention they were cute with British accents? At the Executive’s command in under 45 seconds, so worthy of a NASCAR team, they had us out of the hole and strategically placed back on the road. 45 SECONDS! With that, they got back into the Land Rover as quickly as they had arrived they were gone. We were stunned and could only say, “Lord, thank you. It was all you.” The little miss, however, couldn’t get over their attractiveness.

So why were we so stunned? Is it the realization that God is in the little details not just the “big” things? We go through our day to day lives for the most part enjoying the scenery and activities much like we were. It may be going along splendidly or not so much, and then we hit an unexpected hole in the road. The amazing thing is that none of it is unknown to Him. (Jeremiah 29:11) He knew exactly what we needed before we knew what we needed and He came through!

I love the song, “His eye is on the sparrow”, which points us to Matthew 6:25. If he takes care of the smallest of creatures, how much more can we expect? Amazingly, the big and the small alike. God is in the big stuff (which is usually where we expect Him to be) and He’s in the small—the minute details, in the creases and in between the layers.

For me, this has been repeated time and time again. Early on in the opening of my store, I was lacking coin change and wasn’t able to get to the bank. I happened to find a box with the old dressing room curtains in it from the previous owner. When I took it out, coins began to fall from the hem. They were used as weights to keep the curtain in place. I had two baggies full of coins that lasted me months. They were pennies from heaven—His attention to details.

Have you seen God do little things for you? I encourage you to make a habit of noticing them. They can be a well-needed hug, a hot meal, or rent money. In my case, a Land Rover filled with British angels. Now that was a treat (wink!).

Until next time, stay chic.

Celebrating my first ponytail in 15 yrs. It's a monumental detail. haha

Celebrating my first ponytail in 15 yrs. It’s a monumental detail. haha


Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Matthew 6:25 (NIV) “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Some of our favorite weekend stops:

The Bean Tree

The Titanic Museum

Great Smoky Mountains Opry

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Hatfield & McCoyn Dinner Theater

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