We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Mountain Top Forgetfulness

Recently I experienced the best week of my life.Now those who know me well know that I have many best things in my life….I have about 100 best books I’ve ever read, best restaurants, best foods, and best experiences, but our recent Lamplighter Guild exceeds them all! Why? Words cannot describe what all 100 of our staff, teachers, and students experienced…the only possible way to describe this event is to say that we experienced the presence of God.

But while reading the Word of God this morning, I was reminded that mountain top experiences are often followed by the valleys of trials and testings. In fact, the day after we concluded the Lamplighter Guild for Creative Disciplines, my daughter-in-law was in a serious para-gliding accident, my sister was diagnosed with cancer, I was stung in the eye with a mud bee, and my mom had just fallen and fractured her pelvis! Now that’s what you call coming down quickly!

In I Chronicles chapters 12 and 13, David experienced something similar. In chapter 12 he is crowned as the new king for all of Israel and Judah. And with a pure heart but not a clear mind, his first decision as king was to bring the ark of God that carried the presence of God to a new location.I say “not with a clear mind” because though David consulted with his new legion of commanders and was confirmed by the multitude of the people, he did not consult with God.

The danger of mountain top experiences is that we don’t maintain the same fervency in prayer. We live in a day when doing great things for God requires praying without ceasing. And simply stated, oftentimes we have not because we ask not…maybe at this very moment, it’s time to turn the radio off and spend time talking with a Father who desires to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ask or think.

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