Have you had a mountaintop experience? Your heart feels so full it could burst with love for the Lord, and all of His creation seems magnified through the looking glass of His grace, and love, and mercy.
In Exodus 20, Moses’ face was radiant as he came down from the mountain with the ten commandments in his arms. Think also of the faith Abraham in Genesis 22, and the experience of Peter, James, and John in Mark 9. While our experiences may not be quite up to Biblical proportions, still they fill us with radiance, faith, and awe.
I’ve known people, myself included, who have been so happy experiencing a “mountaintop” of togetherness with God that they never want to leave. Who would? But time passes, a little or a lot, and we find ourselves back in the valley of despair or at least on the plateau of everyday life.
Our daily life as deemed by God is one of struggles, hardships, boredoms, and frustrations. Until Heaven, He has at least allowed us that glimpse of fulfillment that is felt in those close-to-God times here on earth. As we draw close to Him, He takes us there, to a place that is emotional, deep, and strong.
Not feeling it right now? Look up. The top of that mountain is there, always. We’ll reach it now and again, and are never to be discouraged, worried, or afraid in the meantime. Elation is not a permanent state of mind, at least not here on planet earth. But confidence can be: confidence in the One who takes us to the mountaintop, gives us hope, and then allows us to carry on, knowing we’ll be back.
I’ve been on the mountain and I’ve been in the valley, Lord. I’m grateful for the experiences that draw me closer to you…and for those that help my confidence in you grow strong.