Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Mountaintop vs. The Real World

This verse is written on the top of my washing machine in dry erase marker.  It's sort of part of a "write my laws on your doorposts" kind of idea, and I just loved how the verse paired so well with a daily chore.  But another thing I love about it is the reminder of a powerful truth from this verse I heard one Sunday morning.  This may not be exactly what my pastor/father-in-law intended to communicate, but this is how the Holy Spirit interpreted it to my heart, and it's too good not to share.

You likely know the context of this verse - Mark chapter 9 describes the Transfiguration of Christ, a moment when the disciples realized that Jesus was indeed God and Man, sent to redeem the world and bridge the gap of sin.  

It must have been such an awesome experience, in the truest sense of the word.  And you can tell from Peter's reaction,

"Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles ..." (v. 5).

Essentially what Peter is saying is, "This is an unbelievable experience, and I don't want to leave this place!  Let's just set up camp here and stay indefinitely!"  

I've had experiences like that, and I imagine you have too.  A church retreat, a conference weekend, a worship concert where the presence of the Lord was so incredibly real and the mountaintop so high that the thought of returning to real life was slightly nauseating.  

Real life.  

This life where you back aches from hunching over to yank stubborn weeds from the ground and dirt gets under your fingernails and you fall, bone-weary into bed each night.  This life where cars break down and the pantry is empty, yet again and the bills drain your bank account.  This life where words cut deeply and babies die and marriages fall to pieces.  This is real life.  The mountaintop experience is too great for words, but real life is where faith lives because here, in real life, is where we are weak.  And where we are weak, He is strong (2 Corinthians 12:10).

Mountaintop experiences are a wonderful part of the Christian journey, but so is the everyday.  The Lord knows our comings and goings and is just as eager to reveal Himself to you as you stand in a brightly lit auditorium, hands lifted in worship, as He is when you're sitting in the lobby at the auto mechanic shop waiting to have your car inspected.  

The Lord wants to meet you where you are.  The martyred missionary Jim Elliot once said, "Wherever you are, be all there".   

Whether high on the mountain or down low in the dirt, God wants you to be all there.  And He promises to meet you wherever you are. 

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.  James 4:8a

1 comment:

  1. Very nicely said, Sarah. Maybe this pretty little song is too old for you to be aware of?