By Ralph and Elizabeth Pyskowski
The results of an exciting mountain climb concluded with more than an awe inspiring view. John, James, and Peter hiked up Mount Hermon with Jesus to pray and found the experience of a lifetime. The event on top of the mountain is described in Matthew 17:1-8: “And Jesus was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.” Jesus reveals his glory to these 3 disciples and gives them a glimpse of eternity. Also, a voice was heard from heaven and confirmed that Jesus was God’s only son. As if this wasn’t miraculous enough, visitors from heaven appear and become part of the scene. Maybe this is where we get phrases about a “mountaintop” experience. These men were truly on a spiritual high that they would never forget. It could just be that God included this passage in the Bible because he wants us all to have a “mountaintop” experience.
We all have our ups and downs and still Jesus wants to elevate us to new heights. Sometimes life “in the valley” can leave us in a rut. It is there we can become depressed, be dragged into the cycle of failure, and get use to the world with its sinful ways. We can even develop a valley mindset. Our problems are not solved by spending more time in the valley. Rather, by traveling to the top of the “mountain.” The life altering experience of the 3 apostles took place after they followed Jesus and prayed. Amazing things will happen in our lives when we decide to follow Jesus and pray. We can leave the distractions and sin in the valley and be transformed on higher ground. Anyone who has ever been on a hiking trip would agree that the view dramatically changes at the top. This is one expedition that will change your entire mindset.
God wants to display his splendor to us in a way that will transform our lives. If you seek him, you may not necessarily see his face shine like the sun. However, he will reveal his glory to you in the way he chooses. He will reveal his glory in those situations that you pray about. It is on the mountaintop that God will speak to us and open our eyes. Putting God first and pursuing him will allow you to see Christ in a whole new light. The scripture teaches us that if we seek him, we will find him. This December do not be caught up in the holiday distractions. Take a pause from the rush of madness and find the Christ in Christmas. Do not live your life in the sinking sand of sin, but travel up on higher ground.