Being in Gods’ Presence
The story of Jesus’ transfiguration in Luke 9: 28-36, (see below) begins by telling us that Jesus and his three closest disciples––Peter, James, and John––went up the mountain to pray. Mountains are special places in the Bible. Mountains are deemed to be ‘get away places’ far from the madding crowd. It was also thought that the higher physically one’s climbs, one will be able to access the divine more readily than if you was situated on sea level. In Holy Bible Scripture, mountains seem to be places where people encounter God.
For example, Moses encountered God and received the ten commandments on Mount Sinai. Elijah, a distinguished prophet, called down fire from heaven on Mount Carmel. Then there was Jesus who was tempted by Satan on a high mountain, and then upon on a mountain he was transfigured before three of his disciples.
New Testament scripture reveals Jesus withdrawing from the business of his ministry and went up to a mountain
It seems to me that in the mountains, people may experience beautiful things. As I thought about that, I wondered what our modern-day equivalent might be. Where would we go to experience the grand and wonderful things of God?
I live very close to mountains, so I can go there anytime to seek God. Although I do seek God anywhere, and find God, mountains do seem to have a particular attraction for me- as does the sea.
I wonder dear reader, What places are sacred to you, that you feel comfortable to soak in God presence?
Luke 9:28-36New International Version
28 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. 30 Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. 31 They spoke about his departure,[a] which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. 32 Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 33 As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.)
34 While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” 36 When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.