A long round of travels are over, this time in South India. How different from my travels a few weeks ago. The dense humidity of Kerala and the intense heat of Tamil Nadu do not really compare favourably with the wonderful weather of the North East where fans have not been installed in the houses as they are never required!! But yet, in all the heat, the wonder of creation breaks through. On a drive up to Pachalur near the village of Oddanchatram, deep in Tamil Nadu, a road turned off with a sign showing the way to a dam nearby. And following my heart though not my watch(!!), I came to a place which appeared taken straight out of the cool climes of Meghalaya and transplanted here into the heart of the furnace that is the afternoon in Tamil Nadu. As I allowed the beauty and stillness of the place to speak to my heart it occurred to me - we often miss the abundant life we are promised because we stick to the main road, the known path. Turning off would mean a disruption of our schedule, a change in the status quo and we are often too scared to risk it. Though I was a little late for my appointment in Pachalur, I did not regret it. I hope I will always be ready to turn off the beaten track when I am called, for it is often in the wilderness that God will speak.