Goats on the Roof

I traveled to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, last weekend. Highway 441 North meanders through north Georgia into North Carolina and on to the Great Smoky Mountains. Just south of the Georgia/North Carolina state line, there is a funny little place called Goats on the Roof. We've passed it many times on our trips. Hubs and I both love the majestic scenery of the mountains. (Downtown Gatlinburg--not so much, but the mountains are gorgeous.)

Back to Goats on the Roof. We laugh each time we pass the place, but I don't remember ever stopping there before. Coming home last weekend from a getaway with a friend, we needed a pit stop and pulled in, bypassed the parking spots for "old goats," and made our way to the cafe for some lunch. Turns out the place is a good little pit stop, especially if you have children or grandchildren. The cafe serves grass-fed burgers and makes instant homemade ice cream with liquid nitrogen. You can buy Amish crafted outdoor furniture and let your kids ride the stationary bike attached to a pulley that carries food in a can up to the goats on the roof!

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I don't know a lot about goats, but these guys definitely preferred the rocky places and the rooftops to the mucky ground. I can't say that I blame them. I have the same preference. Most of us do, don't we? We'd rather be standing on a rock than stuck in the mud. But sometimes mud is part of life. We have difficult life situations, places of suffering, and responsibilities that keep us mired in the everyday details of life. 

I know this verse from Habakkuk is talking about deer, not goats, but the image is similar. 

The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!    Habakkuk 3:19 Amplified Version

Habakkuk was a prophet living in ancient Hebrew history. Things were a mess in his nation. His people had turned away from God and sin and violence were rampant. He was stuck with his feet in the muck of this chaos, but he made a choice. He chose to be thankful despite what he saw around him. He chose to praise God regardless of his circumstances. Even when he didn't understand what was going on, he chose to find joy in God's presence.

Whatever your circumstances, stand on the rock of God's faithfulness. Trust his love as you walk through whatever trouble, suffering, or responsibility presents itself to you today. Breathe. Hold these things before God and let him make your feet like the feet of a deer and enable you to stand on the heights. (Psalm 18:33)