Last week I wrote about taking a bike ride with God on a tandem bike. We tend to start out on the front seat but at some point, we move to the back and enjoy the places God takes us, the new things that we experience. While I did not look from last week to our Gospel lesson for this week, that story points and leads to this week where we read about the transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain top. (Mark 9:2-9)
Many of us have had experiences that we call mountain top experiences. These are times when the world around us melts away and we experience God up close and personal. And like Peter, we don’t want to leave. We want to stay and have that experience go on and on.
Before Sunday, take a few minutes and open your bible and read those verses. Spend a few more minutes thinking about your journey of faith and the mountain tops you have visited.
This is one of my favorite passages to preach from. There are two things that have always stood out to me from this passage. The first is that it is only when we submit our lives to God’s will that we can go with Him to the mountain top. Like the rider on the bike, it is when we move from the front seat to the back that we find our way up the mountain.
The second point is that while we would like to stay there, God comes back down from the mountain into the world we live in. God has always desired to live among us and whether we want him to or not, he does. It is here, in the world, where we encounter God in ways that enable a trip together up on the mountain.
Are you living in the world with God? Or are you existing in the world longing for the mountain?
Creator God, while we enjoy those trips to the mountain, we give thanks that you live down here with us. Amen.
Always, to God be the glory!