What is it about mountains?
Moses met with God there.
The Samaritans and Jews argued over which one people should worship on.
People have called them holy.
Jesus went up them to pray.
We marvel at photos of them, take vacations to climb them, and even use them in reference to the best points of our lives.
Called “mountaintop experiences,” we see ascending to the highest heights we can reach as arriving at the pinnacles of life. It’s there we feel close to the Lord and immensely blessed. Reaching mountaintop experiences tends to fan the flame in our hearts and energize us. It’s an achievement and a reward.
But what’s so special about a mountaintop? I think it’s the view. Click To TweetWhen perched on a mountaintop, we look out over the valleys. From up high, they’re beautiful. All the gullies, forests, desserts, and rivers we struggled to forge look small and surmountable. They’re wonderfully placed, textures in a scene hand drawn by God.
From up high, we feel a bit like we get to glimpse of God’s perspective.
“From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth—he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.” –Psalm 33:13-15
Looking down from on high, we get to watch like the Lord does. We can peer into others’ lives, into grander plans, to see how all the lows of life are glorious to behold etched out on the landscape of the Lord.
The perspective gives us pause to consider what all the valleys are for and how beautiful the walk of faith is. We get a peek into how life works, and how marvelous His design is. The distance reminds us of the One who is forming the terrain of this world and human hearts still.
Our view from the mountaintop reveals that He is, indeed, making all things new.
As we trudge through the lowlands, our feet fixed on a path ever moving upward, we can take heart in that fact.
The God who made the mountain and its panoramic view is making us in the valleys too.
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