I was a young worship leader; it was the end of a busy weekend and I had been on the go since early morning in a regular Sunday packed with activities [we were not yet keeping Shabbat]. The Spirit of Yahweh was moving mightily at the altar call and it seemed that musical inspiration was pouring through my fingertips; everywhere vibrated with the Presence of the Most High. I was ecstatic – now I have found my place in Him; now my life is changed! This time I’ve ‘arrived’! The mountain heights of our spiritual experience are great places, and in my youthful zeal and passion I thought I was there to stay; it happened often!
Inevitably there would come a ‘crash landing’! Monday [or Tuesday] I would ‘flatten out’, exhausted, empty and lifeless. Until I thought I was never going to discover the knack of living in that high place, because there was something basically wrong with me. Eventually I learned that we are not called to serve Yahweh on the mountain top, but down in the valley where those who need Him most live out their daily lives.
Yahshua took His disciples ‘up into a high mountain’ where they could be alone and revealed Himself to them in an astonishing way [Mark 9: 2-9], but they didn’t stay there, they had to come down. When we experience the exhilaration of the mountain top we feel we can do anything, go anywhere, for our beloved Master, but down in the arena of the commonplace we can only live according to the extent of our personal relationship with Him. “We are not built for the mountains,” writes Oswald Chambers, “…those are for moments of inspiration… We are built for the valley, for the ordinary stuff we are in, and that is where we have to prove our mettle.”
Last week I wrote about life with Yahshua being a combination of the high spots and ‘thousands of hours of steady, routine faithfulness’. We must know how to “soar high on wings like eagles” [Isaiah 40:31], but we must also know how to come down, and learn how to live victoriously in the ordinary places of life.
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