When at college in the Kentucky Mountains, people said that once you experience the mountains they would get in your blood. Yep that happened; I had a mountain top experience.
Most of the mountain top experiences people talk about are located in nature. There is a warm fuzzy feeling of great happiness and joy inside. Maybe it’s a vacation, a retreat or a "once in a lifetime" event that’s your mountain top experience.
The occurrences may very well be high moments in peoples’ lives, but are they truly mountain top experiences?” We can be high and feel exhilarated. We can be captivated by the beauty of the world around us. We can even try to take a picture and capture that moment for our lifetime. But if our vision is not changed then we just got high. We did not have a "mountain top" experience.
"Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them" (Mark 9:2).
Throughout the Bible there are people who had mountain top experiences. This story is used to illustrate that the disciples had a mountain top experience. Maybe they did. But if their vision was not changed, they were just high. The fact is, they still "didn’t get it". They still were blind. They still did not see the Way.
Moses and Elijah each had a mountain top experience on that changed their vision. Moses' apathy toward the enslaved people of Egypt was changed and he became a leader for freedom. Elijah, who fled to the mountain out of fear of being killed, encountered God and then went down the mountain with a new vision of his situation.
Having a mountain top experience means that our vision changes. The world seems massive on a physical mountain top, yet at the same time things seem smaller. One person, situations, and problems are all dwarfed on that landscape.
Many Christians seek out the high rather than the mountain top. We all would rather just feel really good about our lives than to have to change them. But we need the change for valley living. Beware of the mountain top, it may feel great - but it also may change you.