Monday, November 24, 2008

Sunday Sermon Wrap-Up

Yesterday we looked at how spiritual mountain top experiences are designed to prepare us for those spiritual valleys.

We looked the story of Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration. The disciples who were with Him, experienced an extreme spiritual high. But when they left the mountain and came back down to "real life," they realized that all their problems and struggles were still a part of them. God never intends for us to stay on top the mountain. he intends for us to grow in the valleys.

A few years ago, Cathy, my wife, and I went out to Colorado, and took the railroad up to the top of Pike's Peak. The view from up there was awesome. You could see mountains that were 50, 60, 70 miles away. The air was clear and clean, and the experience was exhilarating. But, one striking detail: the top of Pike's Peak was barren. There were no trees, no bushes, not a single blade of grass. It was barren and rocky. Nothing grows up there.

That is a marvelous picture of a person trying to live their life always on the mountain top. It's a wonderful experience, but nothing grows. Only in the valley, does growth take place.

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