A Continuous Mountaintop Stance
Have you ever climbed a mountain? Standing at the top (or near the top) and looking down at the tiny trees, rivers, roads, etc makes you feel on top of the world. You gain a sense that close to nothing can make you feel this way. You wear a grin across your face and stand in awe at the beautiful view that’s before your eyes.
A physical mountaintop experience gets your adrenaline going and your heart pumping – and a spiritual mountaintop experience isn’t much different. Have you ever been to a religious convention, conference, or a worship service where you left feeling like you were on top of a spiritual mountain? We feel so close to God and wonder why we never felt like this before. Our hearts are beating for Him and our love for Him overflowing. During these mountaintop experiences it’s hard to not feel close to God and see Him in everything.
But, is our spiritual life limited to mountaintop experiences? Do we only see God when everyone around us also has his or her hands lifted in the air with praise?
In Psalm 8: 3-5 it says, “When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers – the moon and the stars you set in place – what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor (NLT).” Here the psalmist is seeing God – the Creator – in the moon and stars. These may be ordinary sights on our drive home at night, but do we ever stop to think about who made them? Do we ever find our spiritual high in recognizing that the God who made the moon and stars – some things we probably rarely pay attention to – made them perfectly. He designed each one and knew just what size to make them and taught them how to rotate. Although the moon and stars are nothing mundane, we have sometimes turned them into that.
I find God in sunrises and sunsets. When I watch the sun set or rise I am in awe of my Creator. I get a spiritual high watching His hand paint the colors across the sky. Although this is magnificent, it can become something ordinary. A sunset can become the backdrop in our rear view mirror as we drive down the high way. Or a sunrise can become just the light that annoyingly wakes us up on a Saturday morning.
How can we keep a continuous mountaintop stance?
I think it’s easy to teach others that God is present when we are worshiping Him and holding hands with our neighbors. But, how do we continually remind them that even though our God is a God of the extraordinary, He is also in the ordinary?
Remind them that God has created everything. Take a nature walk and have your girls pick out three items they can share with the group. Have them explain how they see God – the Creator – in these small, ordinary items. Keep them constantly focused that God is with us even when we don’t always feel Him there. He is in the ordinary, everyday seconds of our lives.
How will you help others stay on fire for Christ, even when they aren’t standing on a mountaintop?