Posted by: Bethany Davis | July 6, 2009

Stone Mountain: “why not?”

IMG_2631July 4th is probably my favorite holiday (okay, maybe minus Christmas….) I have some great memories from 4th of July past… fireworks in colorado springs, many years at Regency Park in Cary, and then there was last year… Brian and I were Huntington Beach, California (IMPACT 360). Although we were solely friends (not even a DTR!), we shared quite a moment watching fireworks on the beach (which, in retrospect, we agree was a pretty romantic thing).

We knew Huntington Beach would be hard to top, but decided we would go to one the southeast’s largest firework’s show at Stone Mountain. IMG_2632Apparently, it’s shocking to Georgia natives that I’ve never been here before. Brian, Bradley (Brian’s oldest brother), and his wife, Leslie, and I braved the crowds. As we came to the interstate exit, we saw the sign announcing that the park was at capacity and was closed. We decided it was worth a try, and barely made it into the park (thankfully!) only an hour before it closed.

After squeezing our chairs in between a few blankets, Brian and I set out to hike the mountain. When I say “mountain,” I really mean large clump of granite. It’s not just any granite, it’s the largest piece of exposed granite in the world. Wow.


IMG_2644The hike was invigorating, and the view spectacular. At one point I told Bradley, “I knew what I’m going to ask God when I get to heaven.” I gestured towards the granite and said, “Why?” If God has a reason for everything, why put this granite mound here, outside Atlanta? Bradley returned the question and asked, “Why not?” That stumped me. We chatted about how God, as a designer, displays Himself in all he creates. For example, there are some people with pretty quirky and odd personalities. Even though they are different, they still reflect their Creator. Perhaps nature is the same way, and the only reason that rock sat in front of us is to reflect the Lord’s sense of humor (which is displayed in man). When looking at the rock with this perspective, the proper question is, “Why not?

Although the fireworks were impressive, we all decided that this is probably a once in lifetime experience – not the kind you can’t afford to repeat again, but you choose not to repeat. We’ve done it – seen the fireworks at Stone Mountain on the 4th and didn’t get home until after 1pm due to the traffic getting out of the park. Next year instead of topping Stone Mountain, I think we’ll opt for a small get-together and view of the fireworks from our apartment.




  1. Very encouraging (and so true)! Glad you guys had a good time!

  2. thanks, kate! it’s good to hear from you! 🙂

  3. […] Correction: Stone Mountain is a lie We goofed. […]

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