Hello Windermere Friends,
Did you know that Windermere has a cave? I must admit I have yet to take the plunge into the cavern.
The first 350 feet of Windermere’s cave is open 24/7 for you to explore on your own. The path is completely paved and partially lighted to allow a wonderful experience as you walk. I am told you can see formations like stalagmites, stalactites, and soda straws. If you look closely you may even see some of our cave wildlife; bats, crickets, salamanders, and frogs.
We also feature the Beyond the Gate tour! This tour takes you well beyond the original part of the cave into a winding tunnel and through three dome rooms. In the dome rooms, depending on the weather, you may get to see beautiful waterfalls coming from somewhere deep within the rocks.
Every time I pass by the cave I am reminded of the story of David.
This story takes place after David’s famous victory over Goliath and before his triumphant reign as king over Israel. During this in-between time, he is running from a jealous Saul and afraid for his life. In 1 Samuel 22:1-2 we see David hiding in a cave. He is seeking refuge. He has clearly hit rock bottom in his life.
Then, a strange thing occurs. The cave got crowded as family and friends arrive. A total of 400 show up. Turns out all these people were just as bad off as David was. The Bible says they were “distressed, in debt and disconnected.” What a downer it must have been in the cave.
In some ways I can identify with David here. In the long history of Windermere, there has never been a time where we have been as distressed, pressured by debt and somewhat disconnected.
Major point: When the Lord’s will is involved, there is always more to the story. We might think David has reached a low point in his life, but, with God as his refuge, David has actually reached a place of redirection!
You see, this was the starting point where God used David and his lowly group in a remote cave and took them all the way to the throne room of Israel. What a story! It is a rags to riches script.
Every time I pass the Windermere cave I say a little prayer…..”Lord I will be your captain (NASB) if you will give me a mighty group of 400!” Our Lord has indeed provided a mighty group.
I am so proud of our “mighty group of 400.” Windermere is blessed by those who serve as ambassadors, volunteers, group leaders, donors and of course our board of trustees! Windermere would not be here without their faithful service. We all are trying to put distress, debt and disconnection behind us.
It is time for a redirection, cave dwellers….there are victories ahead! Would you like to join our mighty group of 400?
Pray for those who while distressed are willing to join God’s work!
God bless you,
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