The Messenger. 02.07.08
Written by members of the Obion County Ministerial Association
Most of us have experienced times in our lives when we feel we are on the mountaintop. The first one that comes to my mind was when I was stationed in Grausalheim, Germany, and was on a religious retreat.
I left one afternoon about 2 p.m. and arrived in Berchtesgaden in the evening. When I checked into the room it was late, so I just went to bed. When I awoke the next morning and pulled the curtains back, I saw, for the first time in my life, huge, tall, beautiful mountains.
I was praising God for the opportunity to see a part of His creation that I had never seen before. I want you to know that I have no doubts about giving God the credit for His creation. How can anyone look at the mountains, as well as other wonders of God’s creation, and not believe in a divine Creator?
Nor do I have any problem believing the biblical account of Peter, James and John being awestruck when they saw Jesus turn as bright as the sun the day He was transfigured before their very eyes.
They witnessed the great prophet Moses, who had brought the law down from the mountain, along with the prophet Elijah.
A cloud covered them all and from that cloud God spoke, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with Whom I am well pleased; listen to Him.” (Matthew 17:5b)
These three disciples had a mountaintop experience. Peter, James and John never forgot their experience that day. And I will never forget my mountaintop experience of seeing the mountains for the first time.
But the greatest mountaintop experience of all time is when we turn from darkness to the light that comes only when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Do you remember the day you said “yes” to Jesus? I pray that you have had this experience that counts for all eternity.
Rev. Judd A. Mowery
United Methodist churches