ABOVE THE TREE LINE

When you are above the tree line in the mountains, there is nothing to obscure your view of the terrain below.  There is nothing to prevent you from scanning the heavens above.  No trees – the terrain is barren, just rock or dirt. 

above the tree line in Colorado
Road in the High Country, Colorado

Peter, James and John certainly had a mountain top experience with our Lord:

“And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them.”

Mark 9:2-3 ESV

It was incredible – it was awesome – it was glorious, quite literally!  They wanted to stay; in fact, Peter even said they should build tents or tabernacles there!  Mark 9:5.   But, that was not what Jesus wanted.  Rather, He directed that they could not say anything!  No boasting or gloating that they had been chosen to see Jesus in His glory … nothing!

“And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead.  So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead might mean.”

Mark 9:9-10 ESV

Although they didn’t understand, they obeyed Jesus’ command and kept quiet about what they had seen, but the questions still lingered.

 

Colorado cinnamon pass over 12000 feet high
Cinnamon Pass, Colorado.  The pass is over 12,000 feet above sea level.

We want to be on the mountain top instead of in the valley – it is pretty, and it is easier than the messy life of the valley.  But there is no growth there. Growth takes place in the valley, where problems, hatred, disappointments, or other malevolent conditions of humanity reside.

But we, like Peter, James and John, must live in the valley.  We are told to obey His commands and that is the hard part – obeying what was commanded without obstinate questions such as “Why should I do this?”   “Who cares whether I do it or not?”  “Why can’t I do what I want to do?” 

David had a mountain top experience, literally, when he was saved from the hand of Saul.  He exalted the Lord and said:

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

Psalm 18:2 ESV

Jesus is my rock and my fortress; He is my deliverer, my rock, and my stronghold. More than that, He is the lover of my soul.  He gives me the mountain top experiences so that I am prepared to encounter the difficulties I will find in the valley below.

  • I just need to obey. 
  • I just need to trust His plan.
  • I just need to rely on Him as He is just, merciful, and loving. I just need to remember that without Him, I can do nothing of spiritual significance.  He is the Vine and I am merely a branch in the valley. 

Beloved, look to Jesus for your salvation and security.  He is the Rock that will not be moved.  He is a sure stronghold for your life and eternal destiny.  He is the lover of your soul.  Call Him Savior and Lord each day of your life.

Father, I praise the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, and claim Him as Lord of my life.  I repent of my sin and of my disobedience, and I pray in the knowledge that You will forgive and cleanse my sinful heart, through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, my Savior and Lord.

4 thoughts on “ABOVE THE TREE LINE

  1. Thank you Linda for your sweet words. I will keep my beliefs and my life through the most high will live around me and my family life always. Thank you for sharing everything through Christ to the world. Amen!

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  2. You have no idea how you blessed me through your words in the comment to this post. I appreciate your taking the time to respond and I am thankful that it spoke to you. I pray that you will be blessed and that the words of the blog will point you to Christ Jesus. Blessings to you and yours, Linda

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  3. Hi Linda, I like your words using the picture of the mountain. It is a lesson that god tried to portrayed in his three disciples. Life on top of the mountains is tranquil, pure, and beautiful. But down in the valley god wanted them to do a job, he may have wanted them to take the life from the mountain and teach his people down in the valley to live a clean and purity life, that god wanted them to live. and this is the job you are doing in your prayers, you are teaching the world to live pure, peaceful, tranquil and to believe in the words of the most high. I like the way you bring your words through pictures, I hope many people of this world will understand and gather what you are portraying in your work. I was once in a bible study group in my early teens until adulthood. I had the time of my life in that group. Thank you Linda for your work and your words of god through blogging!

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  4. Hi Linda, nothing that I am aware of keeps us in union with our Lord like prayer and it would seem that reading God’s Word just naturally draws us to prayer. It is the sincerity of our prayers that God wants, that keeps that union bound. And I, like you, need that everyday. Thank you for sharing! Blessings!

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