For the beauty of North Carolina
April 4 2002 by Tony W. Cartledge , BR Editor

For the beauty of North Carolina | Friday, April 5, 2002

Friday, April 5, 2002

For the beauty of North Carolina

By Tony W. Cartledge BR Editor

A recent flight to Dallas/Fort Worth just happened to occur on an unusually clear day, and I had a south-facing window seat. I had brought a book to read on the plane (God, Time & Stephen Hawking), but the view was more entrancing.

The plane followed a course just north of U.S. 64 to its first intersection with I-40, then stayed near the interstate all the way into Tennessee.

Pittsboro, Siler City, Ramseur and Asheboro crawled by at a surprising pace. By peering almost straight down, I picked out the two lakes at Caraway, tucked into the northwest side of the Uwharries.

Thomasville was next, home to the central campus of N. C. Baptist Children's Homes, then Lexington and Mocksville slipped beneath my airborne perch.

I tried to trace I-77 back to Charlotte, but could see only haze. Statesville was clearly in view, however, and Hickory, followed by Morganton and Marion, Old Fort and Swannanoa. Tiny communities dotted valleys hidden in the north flanks of the mountains leading toward Asheville, but I didn't know their names. The last things I recognized before running into cloud cover near Knoxville were the red roofed outlets of Pigeon Forge.

Watching just one narrow band of North Carolina pass below reminded me again of how large and impressive our state is - and of how large and impressive are its needs. From Corolla to Sunset Beach to all points west, there are cities and towns and villages and crossroad communities where people are lost and hurting, where people need the witness and the ministry of someone who knows Jesus. There are Baptist churches in most of those communities, and challenges on every side.

Those challenges cannot be met in a fly-over, but must be confronted one by one, face to face and heart to heart ... by people who are down to earth.

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