Thursday, March 5th

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus.  Then Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!” Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.  Mark 9:2-8


There are high points in all of our lives – great accomplishments, graduations, beginning new careers, marriages, the births of children, the births of grandchildren.  The most memorable of these moments feel almost transcendent, otherworldly.  We can’t imagine our “good fortune.”  We know we’ve seen a glimpse of glory. We know we have been truly blessed.


Here, halfway through the gospel of Mark, Peter gets such a glimpse.  He sees Jesus together with the heroes of the faith – his own “Field of Dreams” – and he hears God’s affirmation of the person and ministry of Jesus.  It was a mountain top experience on top of that mountain, no wonder he wanted to stay!


As I find myself now realizing more and more each day that my time at Covenant is drawing to a close, I look back and see many mountain top moments along the way.  I remember well certain moments, certain accomplishments, that we celebrated at our little congregation on the west side of Houston.


But glimpses, by definition, are fleeting.  Which is not to take anything away from them.  They are what they are.  But then – “poof” – they are suddenly looking around and seeing no one but Jesus.  It’s over.


Soon they would leave this mountain behind.  They would carry the memory, the vision, a renewed sense of purpose and God’s favor, but they would carry all that back down to the valley of life and the mountains yet ahead.  For now, just now, we enjoy the peak.  Or is it the “peek”?


Let us pray:  Gracious Lord, thank you for the little peeks you give us into the glory of your kingdom at those peak moments, those wonderful moments, of our lives.  May such moments encourage us and send us forth down the paths you open before us.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.


3 Responses to “Thursday, March 5th”

  1. Matthew Says:

    Interesting that mountaintop moments often seem to occur in the depths of despair. Only when we find our way out do we catch that “glimpse” that we wouldn’t otherwise have had. Maybe this is what Isaiah meant by “every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it.” Isaiah 40: 4-5

  2. Charles North Says:

    “Then poof there’s nothing but Jesus” The thought really grabbed me. I interpreted it in a much broader context. As a goal for my spiritual life.

  3. Jose Says:

    Hello,We are planning to do this same trip, but are hanivg a hard time deciding how to go about it. Did you guys go through a tour company? If so, which one? Do you have any tips for someone doing this trip? Also, what company did you guys use for the safari? We are planning to go in September, but there has been some tension in Rwanda due to the upcoming elections. Did you guys feel any political tension when you were there?Thanks,Jessica

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