“Jesus took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed….
Peter said to Him, ‘Master it is good for us to be here…'”

Luke 9:29 and 33, NIV

I shared my dream and adventure of climbing Mt. Rainier in the State of Washington. I am truly excited about that adventure. Mountaintop experiences are important in life. They give us hope, joy and terrific memories. They are times of highlight in our lives. All of us think back on those mountaintop experiences in life with a smile in our heart. Perhaps they come in relationships with our family; or relationships to our work, personal relationships, or an avocation. Perhaps a mountaintop experience happened in your relationship with God!

Certainly for those three disciples, this mountaintop experience with Jesus, Moses, and Elijah was one they would never forget. But I believe it is important to note, although Peter is ready to “set up shop” on the mountaintop, that was not what God had intended. God’s plan was to go back down into the valley where the people were. God’s ways certainly include the rarified air of mountaintop experiences, but just as importantly, they include the valleys of life. In fact, valley duty is the more common experience for Jesus and his followers.

I can certainly have a mountaintop experience on my vacation and in my ministry. But the mountaintops are not typically where the growth happens. More often than not, it is in the valleys where growth occurs. It is in the everyday of our lives that change takes place. It is in the common days that our lives are lived out and lessons are put into practice. Life is not just jumping from one mountaintop to another. Most of life is lived in valley duty.

QUESTION: What are some mountaintops in your life? Thank God for those moments. Take a moment to think about the valleys of life and how those, too, were times of growth and blessings from God.