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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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August 12, 2011 - Mountaintop

By Jerry D. Scott

Driving up Pikes Peak, which rises 14,000 feet from the Colorado plain, is one of my memorable experiences in life. The world looks different from the summit! Katherine Lee Bates was so inspired by her trek to the top of that mountain that she penned a poem later set to music that we know as “America, the Beautiful.”

In August 2010, Bev and I drove from the west side of the Rocky Mountains to the Plains. “Awesome” is an overworked word, but it is the word. But you can’t really live on the mountaintop! The summit at Pikes Peak is a barren place of rock, without vegetation, the air so thin it leaves you dizzy.

Ever had a mountaintop spiritual experience?

Fifteen of our youth group members went on a missions trip recently. They had a wonderful time. Serving others was exhilarating. Forgetting themselves for a time charged them up! The closeness of the group, living without cell phones, TVs, Xbox, and computers, gave them a taste of heaven. Their excitement spilled out like the clear water of a mountain stream on us as they told of their experience. It was stirring. Ever been there? I hope you have. We need a trip to the mountaintop periodically to sort out our perspective, to touch the face of God. But then we have to go home, back to daily living, back to tending the fields, dealing with jobs, relating to people who are not sharing our zeal.

Mountaintop experiences change us; they prepare us for the work of living for Christ. We enjoy them and celebrate them; but we need to remember that the Spirit of Lord is as real in the valley as He was on the summit! The Scripture tells us, “If I climb to the sky, you’re there! If I go underground, you’re there! If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizon, you’d find me in a minute — you’re already there waiting!” (Psalm 139:8-10, The Message).

The Bible records many mountaintop experiences. Moses gazed on the face of God and received the Law on Mt. Sinai. Elijah won a great victory over false gods on Mt. Carmel. Jesus literally glowed with the Presence on the Mount of Transfiguration. Peter was so excited by what he was seeing, that he burbled like a kid, “it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters — one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah” (Mark 9:5, NIV). But God told him to listen to Jesus, implying they could not live in that glorious place. It was an experience, just for the moment.

Whether you’re at the summit, full of awe and renewed by the Spirit, or deep in the valley with shadows all around — the Spirit of the Lord is with you. Keep step with Him. Live for Him, love Him, and let Him lead. Here’s a word from the Word. Don’t let familiarity rob the meaning.

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, ?I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:1-6, NIV).

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Washington (N.J.) Assembly of God.

 

 

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