350 All is Well

“Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters – one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah’” (Mark 9:5).

Dear Peter, so uncomplicated and direct, unloading his emotions on anyone within reach. Mark writes that this experience of seeing Jesus transfigured had overwhelmed him and he did not know what to say (v6). But it got me thinking about mountaintop experiences and why that term has come into our language.

Those special times when You come to us with a hand overflowing with blessings, Lord. When we feel so close to You, our deep needs are satisfied, there is peace in our lives. Those are mountaintop experiences and naturally we want them to last forever. We want to build a permanent structure there so we can stay in that atmosphere. But life isn’t like that. I heard someone say the other day that there would be no mountaintops if there weren’t any valleys. True.

You called Yourself the good shepherd. The shepherd knows the places where the grass is abundant, the water is cool and his sheep can feed and rest. But especially in the land where You walked, dear Jesus, these things come in pockets, oases in the more difficult terrain. The sheep had to follow the shepherd through the dry and rocky areas to the place of rest and back again to the fold, and we must do the same.

I’m reminded of Paul who said he had learned to be content in whatever situation he found himself (Philippians 4:11), surely because he believed You had led him there and had a good purpose in it. Dear Lord, help me to learn the same lesson. Give me the deep assurance that as long as I am walking with You, all is well.

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