Tennessee Ponderings: Part ONE

While in Tennessee, we toured Tuckaleechee Caverns. It was beautiful. And at times, breathtaking.

We listened as our tour guide shared the difference in stalagmites and stalagtites. He also explained that it takes 100 years to form 1 cubic inch of a formation.
Surprisingly, a slow drip makes faster formations than a fast drip. If the drip is too fast, most of the deposit falls to the floor and form stalagmites. If it’s a slow drip, most of the deposit is left on the ceiling to form stalagtites. If they form at just the right speed and height, they’ll meet and create a column.

And thus the ingenious way to remember the difference:
Stalagtites cling tightly to the ceiling.
Stalagmites might eventually reach the ceiling.

Drip, drip, drip.
Drip, drip, drip.

100 years to form a single cubic inch. Wow. Drip after drip they stay the course and create beautiful formations. Did I mention some of the formations were tens of thousands of years old? That’s tenacity!

I want to be like that. I want to stay the course put in front of me. I want to be able to wait on the Lord, even when I can’t see what He’s doing. I want to have the tenacity to plod forward and not worry about how many steps are ahead of me or how many are behind.

How ’bout you?

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