Food for Thought

The View from a Mountain

Jesus took with Him, Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.  There He was transfigured before them.  Matthew 17: 1 - 2

When we find ourselves in the valleys of mental depression, God wants to lead us to mountaintops so that we can see our life in a clearer perspective.  Our worship in God's house is such an experience, for the church is a spiritual Mount Zion set in the midst of our world.  Outside of church, we often experience such vantage points when special occasions occur - a promotion in our work, recognition of services performed, the celebration of a birthday.  And when we mark 25 or 50 years of married life or observe other anniversaries, we are standing on mountaintops; we can see from where we have come, where we are now, and where we are going.

High points in life, however, are not the only times when we can have a good perspective.  Unpleasant experiences - sickness, loss, a deep disappointment - also can give us a better view of life, if we rise from the "dumps" and let God show us His love.  These are pauses that refresh, moments when we can say, "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help" (Ps. 121:1)

When God's people were about to enter the land of promise, He said to Moses, "Go up into the Abarim Range to Mount Nebo in Moab, across from Jericho, and view Canaan, the land I am giving the Israelites as their own possession" (Deut. 32:49),  What thrill it was for Moses to see the land from end to end!

Inspiration Point in Yosemite Park offers a spectacular view of the 7,500 foot high granite monolith called El Capitan and the Bridalveil Falls.  There is an inspiration point in your life too.  It is the upward look, the look to Jesus the Lamb of God, to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our salvation.  He who gave His life for us and rose again is the high point in our lives.

(Source: Each Day with Jesus Daily Devotions)

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