When I got back from Honduras, God wanted me to share this:
First, let me say that it was such a blessing to serve with this team. Second, I’m reminded of the mountain top experience found in Matthew 17 (see below) and would like to ask for continued prayer from our prayer warriors. As you can see from the story. Peter wanted to stay on the mountain top, but just a few verses later, they are faced with great challenges that they can’t solve on their own, but only with Jesus’ power is there resolution.
“Six days later Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed so that his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as light. Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus.
Peter exclaimed, “Lord, it’s wonderful for us to be here! If you want, I’ll make three shelters as memorials—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
But even as he spoke, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy. Listen to him.” The disciples were terrified and fell face down on the ground.
Then Jesus came over and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” And when they looked up, Moses and Elijah were gone, and they saw only Jesus.”
“At the foot of the mountain, a large crowd was waiting for them. A man came and knelt before Jesus and said, “Lord, have mercy on my son. He has seizures and suffers terribly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. So I brought him to your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him.”
Jesus said, “You faithless and corrupt people! How long must I be with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” Then Jesus rebuked the demon in the boy, and it left him. From that moment the boy was well.”
Some analysis on the topic from: http://meredisciple.com/2011/03/why-doesnt-jesus-let-us-stay-on-the-mountaintop/
Why didn’t Jesus let James, John, and Peter stay on the mountaintop? For the same reason he won’t let us stay there: he needs us to be his hands and feet in the valleys, in the streets, in the spaces that aren’t awe-inspiring and wonderful. Jesus needs us to be living for/through him in normal, everyday life, with all of its drudgery, repetition, and yes, ugliness. Sure, we may be given a mountaintop experience from time-to-time (a conference, a conversation, a moment in prayer, etc.), but Jesus will never let us stay in those experiences, because those experiences are a means, not an end. They are a means through which God (re)shapes us–heart, soul, mind, and strength–so that we enter the valleys of life differently, transformed and prepared to be his hands and feet to those suffering, hurting, abandoned, forsaken, or worse, those caught in a hell on earth.
My time in Honduras was such a transformative experience. Coming back down from the mountain top was very surreal. It left a longing within to experience God’s love in that way again. I believe the experience of becoming of father was an even more of a mountain top experience.