Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Building a shelter on the Mountain!

Matthew 17: 1-5
After six days 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. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.
Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah."
While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!"
Don't you just love mountain top experiences?! I do. The Lord brought this verse to mind the other night, because I was beginning to get down about all the hastles of life! When we go to church and worship God with our brothers and sisters in Christ it can be such a mountain top experience! That is what I had this past Sunday. The praise time just lifted me to his presence! Our Pastor speak the Word so well! I love to praise God and listen to His word being spoken! I was in his presence! I wanted to build a shelter there and stay there forever! Forget about the mundane, stressful, ridiculous hassles of life! "LORD, let me build a shelter and stay here!" , "I don't want to come down off this mountain!"
Psalms 84:10
Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
Well I can't stay up on that mountain. I have to be about the work of the Lord, just like Peter, James and John! They couldn't stay either. They had to come down off that mountain. The experience was a wonderful memory that I am sure they looked back on for comfort and encouragement as they continued in their God given responsibilities - even to the point of death. Yesterday Bob, Mari's wonderful husband read from Genesis about Enoch. He read the verse that said "Enoch walked with God and was no more because God took him". We often think of the last part of that verse "and was no more, because God took him", we often don't think about the first part "Enoch walked with God". I may not be able to have constant mountaintop experiences, but God is always with me! I can walk with him each day! He will continue to lead and guide me, and sometimes, he will bring me back to that mountain for encouragement!
Thank you Lord, that you are always with me! That you care for me, and encourage me!
your daughter


Mari said...

Kim, this is a beautiful post.

Lorrie said...

Kimberly...a great post.
I know how you feel. I've had great Sundays and you just want to stay there...because LIFE is back at you when you get home. The family is there...the devil (attacking with bad thoughts) is there...the laundry is there...It's all there...and we have to keep our minds focused on the LORD and it's hard to do with life in your face. But Praise God we have His Holy Spirit with us or could you image...it would be HELL on earth without Him....blessings.

Beth in NC said...

Oh Kim, I love this. I can totally relate and I have often wanted to bask in the sweetness of His presence.

This is a beautiful post.


Denise said...

Such a lovely post.