From this mountain

I was watching TV a few nights ago and caught a sermon from TD Jakes. It was all about Jesus taking you up a mountain to new heights. The mountain can represent different things for different people. For me, I don’t really know what my mountain is per se. I feel like my figurative mountain is going just about as well as if I were to attempt the outdoor activity of mountain climbing: I’m cold, I’m out of shape and winded, and I’m probably lost. I don’t know how I got here in other words, and I don’t really know where I’m going.

I did like one part where he said “The air is thin, the higher you climb.”  This resonated with me only because I do feel physically winded each day. I’m overwhelmed by the tasks before me at work, I’m experiencing a lot of stress and unhappiness where I am, and yet that clicked with me. What if I am being taken up to a higher altitude? Maybe I am adjusting to the heights I am being taken up?

In the Bible this is discussed in Matthew 17 when Jesus takes 3 of the 12 disciples up the mountain and they see Jesus in a new light…literally. “His appearance changed from the inside out, right before their eyes. Sunlight poured from his face. His clothes were filled with light.”

I can only imagine how high and for how long they must have climbed and yet just when perhaps they feel exhausted from the journey Jesus transforms in front of them.

It made me re-evaluate this painful time in my life where nothing makes sense, where I feel like none of my dreams or desires are coming to pass, and where I feel just like a failure in so many aspects of life. But what if my exhaustion in this journey is preparing me for something miraculous? What if the mountain isn’t the focus, but what I will see once I reach the top. In an every day way this could be like the phrase..”hindsight is 20/20″ and things will make sense more so in the future than they do now. But if I look at this with spiritual significance it could mean that I am on the brink of seeing true Glory in my own life. Just like it is stated in Eccl 3:11 “He has made everything beautiful in its time”.

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