"Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me!
O Lord, make haste to help me!"
I was day hiking with some friends on the Cumberland Trail, Laurel-Snow Section, when we came across "Psalms 40:13" spray painted on a large rock.
My heart started pounding, wondering to myself... was it a snake, a twisted ankle, or were the rumors of the panther really true?? (No joke, this was an actual rumor)
Of course, neither of these dangers were the root cause of why someone spray painted a rock alongside the trail. The real cause was an apparent lack of knowledge of what "Leave No Trace" means.
Being a Christian myself, I am not against sharing with people that I see God as my ultimate Helper. I am, however, against spray painting bible verses, penises (peni, penis', plural for penis), Jim "hearts" Alice (only later to return to say "You broke my heart" beneath the earlier inscription), and just feeling the need to tell people that you were there 'first'.
I am aware that the culprit is not going to read this, but please... Stop ruining the experience of the existential peace true outdoor enthusiasts find by reminding us that there is an entire society of people like you that live not but an hour away.
Thank you for bearing with me through this time of venting, I hope you were able to laugh at my exaggerated sarcasm. I am not a hateful person, only hopeful that I can one day take my child hiking without having to tell him/her why there is a giant spray painted penis next to our favorite overlook.