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The View From the Mountaintop

"Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves." Mark 6:30-32

When we lived in Colorado I enjoyed our family trips through the mountains, especially in the fall when the leaves on the trees were changing colors. The view from the mountaintop was always an amazing sight. From the vastness of the many hills and trees to the tiny cities below it; it always made a spectacular sight. God's creation brought to life.

When in the mountains it's easy to find God in the nature that surrounds you. The sounds are so much clearer and the air so much crispier. As a kid I didn't see it like I do now, but on the mountain looking down to the cities below life takes on a new perspective. From the mountains cities look small and simple yet in the city everything becomes busy, loud and sometimes a nuisance. It's harder to find God when you're in the middle of it all but on that mountain you can't help but see God.

Our lives are like the cities. We're busy, we're overwhelmed with work, traffic, people, everything. But when we go to our mountains (some don't have the Rockies), we can slow down and see God bigger then anything else. It's in those moments we can really commune with God.

Jesus too had to leave the city to find His quiet mountain to pray and talk to His Father, God. He needed those quiet moments to rejuvenate and refresh. Then He could come back to the busyness of the people and serve them better.

Mountaintop experiences are wonderful to have. Sometimes it's in the the mountains, a Christian retreat, a company trip away, or just getting away from our everyday lives. There are many ways to enjoy the view from the mountaintop but we are not to stay there. Once refreshed we need to come back and share the love of God to everyone else around us.

Today and each day find a moment or two to pull away from the busyness of your day and commune with God. Find your mountaintop.

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