Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. (Mt. 17:1–3)
In the church calendar, we have reached the highest point we will be at in worship until Easter Sunday–the transfiguration of our Lord Jesus. We see clearly on that mountaintop, before we descend into the valley of Lent, that Jesus is who he says that he is.
This time of seasonal transition is a good time to take inventory of our lives and pinpoint exactly where we are on our spiritual map.
Are we with Jesus on the mount of transfiguration, seeing him clearly for who he is? Do we feel as close to Jesus as Peter, James, and John were? Are we able to hear God's voice and direction for us clearly?
Or are we in the valley, the lowlands, struggling to stay on course? Is the way through the muck and mire uncertain? Are we finding ourselves surrounded by evil and struggling to fend it off?
When were we last on the mountaintop? When were we last in the valley? Maybe we are traveling now from one point to another: from the mountain into the valley or from the lowest point in our lives back up to a higher, safer, and more transcendent place?
In her sermon this week, Rev. Dr. Tina Hosler challenges us to place ourselves on this map so that we can see how Jesus is working in our present situation, whether glorious or challenging.
We may not be able to see the glorious transfigured Jesus in our situation right now, we may be walking in the valley. But no matter where we are, Jesus is right there with us.
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This week, assess your faith. If you're on the mountaintop, create patterns of discipleship now that will help you endure the valley. Build your support system, deepen your faith, walk as closely with Jesus as you can. If you're in the valley, keep going! Remember that Jesus is right there with you, lifting you up from below, encouraging you from behind, comforting you by your side, and leading the way in front of you.