MOUNTAINS, FOR VALLEYS?
Anthony David Swaroop Kumar
Cool breeze was wafting across my face as I sat entranced, listening carefully to the speaker. I was on a mountaintop at a Youth For Christ Camp. The speaker carefully explained that all of us are sinful, and that we need to repent, and accept Christ.
It was not the first time that I had heard such a message. But somehow, on that November evening, I felt convicted. I knelt down right there and confessed my sins, and asked the Lord Jesus Christ to come into my heart. The moment I did that, joy filled my heart. I was free and happy!
That was decades ago when I was a bubbly teenager. I have been continuing to walk with my Lord through these past decades. There have been ups and there have been downs too, understandably. (Can there be ups without downs? I wonder)
The ups are easy to relate. The camps I attended, the fellowships I belonged to as I went through school, and college, the many worship services, all the solid instruction and messages I listened to, all the lovely servants of God I interacted with.
So many of my brothers and sisters who walked with me, sharing my burdens and grew along with me. Can I make a comprehensive list? Perhaps not. But I know that each and every one of these mountain top experiences moulded me, and made me what I am today.
What about the valleys, are you asking? Yes there have been times too when I have felt depressed. Times when I felt dejected and down. My blue times as I call them. Dry desert periods of being down in the low valleys. Struggles and trials, tests and tribulations. I wonder how I managed to get through all these times, without dropping off.
Now I realize, that the mountain top times were arranged for me by the Lord, to get charged and come through the valley times. At the end of every camp and hilltop experience, I had been reluctant to go back into the valley. Back into the daily monotonous rut of life.
Like Peter on the Mount of transfiguration, I felt often that we should continue to live in Camps and Retreats where we all feel a corporate sense of God’s presence so powerfully.
The Lord Jesus Christ was transfigured before his three disciples. His face shone so brightly as he stood talking with Moses and Elijah on that Mount. But soon it was all over. Despite the plea by Peter, the Lord became ordinary and they all climbed down. But surely, the experience had charged the Lord up, or so I feel. The first thing that confronted Him as he came down, was a problem.
An epileptic boy who had been demon possessed, was brought to Jesus’ disciples. And they had failed to heal him. So, the problem case was referred to the Master. He healed the boy who could not be healed by his disciples. They had been all the time in the valley; perhaps that was a reason for their unbelief?
I feel that all my hilltop experiences serve me to deal with my valleys and plains where life seems so mundane. If all my life were a plain, perhaps it would be too drab. My spirit soars high as I see mountains. Life appears full and enjoyable. The times of close encounters with the Lord serve not only to help me in plains. They also serve to help me help others, my brothers and sisters.
“ Thank you Lord for all the mountain top experiences you gave me. For all your servants who encouraged and edified me through these years. For all my brothers and sisters who faithfully walked along with me in my journey of faith. As I continue towards the Celestial city, continue to be with me Lord! ”
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© 2004: Dr.M.A.David S Kumar