Reading: Matthew 17: 1-9
My favorite Biblical mountaintop experience story is the Transfiguration. Can you picture it? Several “campers” (Peter, James, and John) hiked up a mountain with their leader (Jesus) to get away. They needed to go to a place set apart to be transformed and rejuvenated in their work as disciples. When they got to the mountain camp, they prayed, and while they were there they saw God. Faith came alive to these campers, just like it does to campers at Mount Luther through skits, stories, songs, and study.
Peter wanted to truly set up camp that day by putting up tents and having an overnight camping experience. He and the other campers were sleepy. But then, their priorities changed as God bellowed from the heavens and they heard His voice saying, “This is My beloved Son. Fear Him!” God transfigured Jesus there.
His disciples undoubtedly were changed, too. Peter, James, and John, as many know from their own experiences, felt close to Christ in an outdoor setting. They truly knew that day that God was in their midst. They had a mountaintop experience.
As I hope you can see, there are some correlations between the experience of the transfiguration and the experiences our campers at Mount Luther. When campers and staff come to camp, they live for a week in an intentional Christian community with fellow followers of Jesus. They feel God’s presence in worship, at the pool, while doing crafts, and while eating meals. Their lives are changed as they encounter Jesus Christ in this place.
What are the mountaintop experiences in your life? Where have you seen God today? --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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