In View of the Mountaintop

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.

Incredible Persistence

When I think about the Apostle Paul in the book of Acts, it’s clear that he had an incredible level of persistence. Whether he was accepted or stoned, treated with hospitality or told to leave, he held true to the one and only faithful God. He moved from place to place, always wisely, with a deep understanding of the people and the circumstances. He moved as God directed. He had the utmost faith, and he trusted God.

I’m not always sure how to “get” what God is saying. I’m not always clear that what I think is His voice really is, when my own brain is likely moving in some other direction a little too fast. Some slowing is in order, some thinking, and absolutely more prayer. 

Lord, I know that you are there. I know with certainty that you will never give up on me as Your child. I pray for a listening heart, one that honors and discerns Your precious will. I pray that I will give to others the care and patience and love that You show to me. Forgive me for rushing headlong into my own life without consideration of Your plan for it. Grant that I might think of You first, always and forever.