By Jim Watson

In a modern, hectic life, it’s easy to get distracted and overwhelmed, and to cast aside your spiritual needs in favor of work and other obligations. So often life’s responsibilities fill the daily to-do list, leaving no room to relax, refresh, and rejuvenate. It’s time to head for the peace and tranquility of the Great Smoky Mountains. You’ll not only discover joy in the natural beauty of the area, but you’ll enjoy a stunning depiction of the life of Jesus Christ, told through a series of life-sized scenes at Christ in the Smokies.

The Life of Christ Unfolds in Rich Detail

As you enter Christ in the Smokies Museum and Gardens, you’ll notice the sense of calm that surrounds you. Before heading into the main hall, you’ll spend a few moments reliving your favorite Old Testament stories in a short video presentation. Whether you’re a life-long student of the Bible or have only recently become interested in its teachings, the dramatic retelling of Christianity’s beginnings will inspire and enlighten you.

Inside the main exhibit, young children will be delighted with the lifelike scenes. Each display depicts a pivotal moment in Christ’s life, from His birth through His ascent into heaven. Stunning sculptures come to life through thoughtful narration. Not only will you learn the story of Christ, but you’ll also hear appropriate Bible passages to help you better understand His teachings.

The adults in your group will be truly moved to witness the events that took place more than 2,000 years ago. Scenes such as the Last Supper are laid out before you in vibrant colors and intricate detail, making you feel as if you are sitting at the right hand of Christ as He spends His last hours with His disciples. As you depart the main hall, plan to spend a few moments in the prayer garden reflecting on the life of Christ and what His sacrifice means to you.

Before you leave, be sure to wander through the gift shop, where you’ll find a gorgeous array of inspirational merchandise, including jewelry, books, and artwork. You can even purchase a replica of the famous Face of Christ in the Smokies marble statue that dominates the prayer garden.

See God in Every Leaf and Wildflower

The stunning natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains is the perfect backdrop for a spiritual retreat to Christ in the Smokies. After you’ve spent the afternoon reliving the story of Christianity, take some time to wander along quiet mountain trails, meditate next to a burbling stream, and marvel at the flash of a whitetail deer glimpsed between the trees. You’ll feel the glory of God in the bend of a leaf, the curl of a flower petal, and the brilliant sparkle of a trout leaping for its lunch.

With so many vacation destinations offering non-stop action and constant mental stimulation, it’s nice for the family to spend quiet time simply appreciating the beauty and wonder that God provides. Christ in the Smokies will help bring you and your children closer to Christ and His teachings, while the tranquil setting serves to strengthen your spirit and replenish your faith. You’ll return home with a renewed sense of peace and enlightenment, ready to face life’s challenges with character and determination.

Author's Bio: 

Jim Watson is Owner of Timbercreek Cabins offering lodging near Pigeon Forge. Cabin rentals are now available. Visit today for a complete listing of cabin rentals. © 2011, All Rights Reserved