Mountaintop Experience

Posted: October 27, 2013 in Motivational and Life Coaching, Outdoors, Sports and Fitness, Uncategorized


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Yesterday, I had another opportunity to climb a mountain with MiloR2 APEX Runners. This time, it was Mt.Talamitam – it was a minor climb compared to the other mountains we previously climbed. We jumped off from Kilometer 83, at Sitio Bayabasan.

Mt.Talamitam

This climb was timely for me as I was meditating and preparing for my sermon. I also encountered Oswald Chambers’ thoughts regarding ‘mountaintop experiences’ last week in one of my devotions:

“The true test of our spiritual life is in exhibiting the power to descend from the mountain. If we only have the power to go up, something is wrong. It is a wonderful thing to be on the mountain with God, but a person only gets there so that he may later go down and lift up the people in the valley.

We are not made for the mountains, for sunrises, or for the other beautiful attractions in life – those are simply intended to be moments of inspiration. We are made for the valley and the ordinary things of life, and that is where we have to prove our stamina and strength.”

Mt.Talamitam at the horizon - we're just the same height!

Mt.Talamitam at the horizon – we’re just the same height!

Mountain climbing is indeed a challenge, no matter what mountain you’re climbing. At first, seeing the mountain still at the horizon, everything would seem and feel fine – the mountain doesn’t look so intimidating. However, every step going towards that large mound of soil, rock, and mud would require much perseverance, endurance, patience, and determination. You’d always hope for clouds to cover the scorching heat of the sun. Approaching the base of the mountain, you’d see how small you are in comparison to that magnificent creation. There’s no turning back at this point. There are times that you’d have to literally crawl yourself up, grabbing hold of the tall grass or protruded rocks to pull yourself up. There are times your foot would slip and make your heart pound fast. From the jump-off, to the base of the mountain, to each rock and mud you’ll encounter going up – you’ll feel that every inch going to the peak just gets harder.

No camera tilt here. The ground is tilted!

No camera tilt here. The ground is tilted!

But once you’re at the top, you won’t be able to explain that feeling of conquering something big and daunting. The mountaintop experience is an experience of proving your strength and stamina, and finishing victoriously. However as Oswald Chambers said, true strength is not just about going up the mountain. Reaching the top feels wonderful, but we’re not made to stay at the peak of the mountain. We need to climb down and go back to the valley.

Yes, someone's selling "ice drops" at the top!

Yes, someone’s selling “ice drops” at the top!

The mountaintop experience renews our sense of awe, victory, and strength. But we who made it closer to where the sun shines brighter ought to go down to the valley and shed light to those who need it.

What’s your mountaintop experience?

It can be a camp that you attended, or a ‘worship night’ where you felt so blessed and ‘victorious.’ Your mountaintop experience can be an answered prayer that took a long time on your knees, and now you become so confident of how God really answers prayer. It can be an achievement at school, or promotion at work, or anything that you’ve worked and prayed hard for. Whatever your mountaintop experience may be, remember that these are only meant to be temporary. We ought not to focus on having mountaintop experiences – they are meant for us to shed light to others and help them reach the top.

Sometimes, we eventually forget about that mountaintop experience – we lose our awe, our sense of victory, our hope. As Christians I think being saved from sin is our highest mountaintop experience, and this should be enough to empower us each day. That is one reason why Jesus asked His disciples to remember His death and resurrection as often as they can (Luke 22:17-20). We know how His grace covers a multitude of sins, and that He accepts us no matter how unworthy we are. And this ‘experience’ should be more than enough for us to know that we are victorious over sin by grace through our faith in Jesus, and that we can face the challenges of each day. We who have been at the peak can show the way to those who are in the valley and shed light to them.

Crawled. Climbed. Conquered.

Crawled. Climbed. Conquered.

 

 

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