When I was out driving around today, I really noticed the mountains. Do you know how sometimes you drive around and you don’t really “see” what is around you? With me that happens if I am thinking ahead to what I still have to do that day. It also happens if I am very focused on the traffic. But today, I really noticed the mountains. Phoenix is one of the few bit cities in the U.S. that is completely surrounded by various mountain ranges. That really surprised me when I moved here. I did not expect there to be any mountains, let alone multiple mountain ranges.
Anyway, the sky looked so pretty and blue and sunny. the mountains looked pink, and purple, and all kinds of hues. I began to think about the Scripture story about Jesus’ Transfiguration. You know, the one where He takes Peter James and John up the mountain and then He is transfigured, showing Him in all His glory. Elijah and Moses show up as well. Peter [my favorite apostle] freaks out and starts talking about building tents….I really love Peter!
Now, when we allow God’s presence to transform us in our lives~so that we are filled with His presence, and we leave behind our selfishness and flaws, we also share a bit in that Transfiguration. My grandma would call that a mountaintop experience. Our lives have many ups and downs. We have mountaintop and valley experiences. It takes great effort to climb high mountains. There are times that we want just teensy-tiny challenges~hills instead of mountains….
But that is not what is best for us. In order to have deepening experiences, we need big challenges. Many of my friends/bloggers face MAJOR challenges….I mean REALLY major. I cannot speak for you. But I know for myself that when I have climbed major difficulties, loss, challenges, etc, I also have an experience of God that stays with me for a long time. That is a good thing. We may wish that we are made for flat lands. But really, we are made for mountains. I pray today that we may remember to have the steadfastness and creativity to tackle our mountains, climb them, conquer them~and enjoy the view along the way and at the summit.
As we climb, as we face our difficulties.~let us say Alleluia; even if the words can barely make it past our lips. Sometimes the Alleluia feeling comes AFTER the Alleluia statement! That, in actuality, is our transfiguration, isn’t it?