“Just then a light-radiant cloud enveloped them, and from deep in the cloud, a voice: ‘This is my Son, marked by my love. Listen to him.”’ – Mark 9:7
Although we revere mountaintop experiences with a kind of idealism, they can be dangerous traps.
When Jesus brought Peter and John to the mountain of Transfiguration, Peter had the great idea of setting up tents. “Let’s stay here a while!” he thinks. But the voice of God swoops in and beckons obedience.
The mountaintop is for learning, for adoration, for a glimpse into something divine. But it is not where we are meant to spend our days.
When climbers summit Mount Everest, they are in what is called “The Death Zone”. There is not much time to enjoy the view. If you don’t start the descent soon, you will die. The air up there is just too thin.
The trap of mountaintop experiences is that we try to replace the mundane of the plains and the sorrow of the valley with the ecstasy of the extraordinary. This is not a sustainable approach.
Our mountaintops are made for joy. They are made to inspire us. But, we are visitors on the mountaintop. Such is the design of the world. But if we take the opportunity to be inspired, to adore, to hear and obey the voice of God, we can take the purpose of the mountaintop into every terrain of our journey.