Most Christians have had what they describe as a “mountaintop” experience… a time when they felt especially close to God and keenly aware of His presence and blessings. Some people may associate that time with their conversion; others with a special time away on a Via de Cristo or other sort of retreat. At these times, we feel on fire for God. We are energized and ready to do anything and everything required of us to lead an authentic Christian life.
My devotional reading this morning focused on how mountaintop times, wonderful and blessed as they are do not last. We can’t recapture them, but we can continue to use them.
“We must learn to live in the ordinary ‘gray’ day according to what we saw on the mountain.”
My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chamber
How were you blessed on the mountaintop? Were things clearer, brighter? Did you feel loved and called for a special purpose? Did you experience the joy of Christian fellowship or the peace that passes understanding? Even Jesus and the disciples experienced this:
And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. (Mark 9:2-3 ESV)
Yet, they still had the valley of Calvary ahead of them. I’ve found that continuing in the spiritual disciplines of worship, prayer, study and fellowship (even when the day is gray and I don’t really want to) help keep the mountaintop feelings alive and fresh in my life. These are the daily blessings that keep us growing in the valley.