After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
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The first time I came to this was in 2015, and I have been every year since. I have made a commitment to come to this every year primarily because it is a time where I can refresh, rejuvenate, and rest in the Lord so that I can be a better Husband, Father, and Pastor.
Every year, being that it's in the mountains, it is both figuratively and literally a mountain top experience; much like Jesus big three disciples had when they witnessed the transfiguration.
But what I love about that story is less about the transfiguration itself (although it is super important) and more about how the disciples react.
They want to stay there. They want to build three shelters to commemorate the moment. But Jesus has other plans. He says, no...it's time to go back into the real world.
I love my job...I really do. I love preaching and teaching, I love building relationships, and there is even a part of me (albeit one that concerns me) that enjoys the administration of the life of the church. But it can sometimes be draining. It is so important for my spiritual well-being to get away for a few days, decompress, and to spend time with other like-minded pastors and friends to know that I am not alone.
The world doesn't understand Sabbath. But the reason Sabbath exists is so that we can be the best at what we are called to do. We come to these "mountain top" experiences, not so that we can stay here, but so that we can come home.
My hope for you is that you find your mountain top experience so that you can be the best in your calling. Something different from a day off, or different even from a vacation...but something fulfilling to your soul.
Let us Pray...
God of the Sabbath, we thank you for giving us the ability to rest in you. We thank you for those mountain top experiences that give us a glimpse of what we are fighting for; who we are pursuing. Help us to take a moment to stop to focus solely on our relationship with you. Help us then to come back to the real world and share what we've learned with you!
In Jesus name, Amen.