Mountains and Valleys

Lent Devos

BREATHE – Day 17, March 5, 2021 – 40 Day Lenten Journey

As a ministry leader that worked with families I had the privilege of working camp ministry. I remember after a couple retreats back to back in May and June, thinking to myself, “I could do this all year long.” Camp ministry allows people to step out of the daily humdrum routine of life and get out of their routines and comfort zones. Camp ministry provides a space for people to “be still”, engage in community, soak in God’s word, and experience worship beyond a song set or message. It is truly a “mountain” top experience! A Holy Spirit fueled environment where walls are broken down, fears are released, joy is unleashed and a glimpse of life with Jesus is experienced! In fact many tears would be shed the last day of camp because so many wanted to stay on the “mountain” in the presence of such a supernatural presence.

It’s no different than Peter’s experience at the transfiguration. For a moment, Jesus pulls back the veil, giving his closest colleagues a glimpse into His Divinity. It is so overwhelming and powerful that Peter wants to stay there, on the mountain, build a shelter and remain in the presence of the glory of God.

The truth is those “mountain” top moments allow us to travel back down the mountain so we can walk the flatlands with hope, journey in the valleys finding joy, and travel in this thing called life with a peace that surpasses all understanding.

Where are you on your journey? As we travel through this 40 day season of Lent we are on a journey of returning to God, drawing closer to His Divinity, climbing to the “mountain” top to experience the fullness of Christ in our life – so that we are strengthened and sustained for the road ahead!

Today read and meditate on Mark 9:2-8

The Transfiguration
“2 After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. 3 His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 4 And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

5 Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 6 (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.)

7 Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!”

8 Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.” Mark 9:2-8