Wednesday evening’s homegroup studied together the theme of going from the (spiritual) mountain top to the valley floor, based on Mark 9v2-32 – the transfiguration followed by the deliverance of a boy with an evil spirit. How often do you go from a spiritual high to a spiritual low – as it were from a Sunday morning to a Monday morning? The thrill and wonder of the mountain top can so quickly be replaced by the disappointment, defeat, disagreement, demonic opposition, distress (and many more ‘d’s’ besides) of the valley floor.
One particular ‘d’ which is a potential feature of valley floor life is deficiency of faith. In Mark 9v24 the boy’s father cries out the well known and, I suggest, key prayer for us all: “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief”. On the valley floor our faith in the Lord may soon evaporate – and yet Jesus’ promise to the father still applies to us all today: “Everything is possible for him who believes” (v23). Such ‘every possibility’ may range from a sovereign miracle of God to His provision of sufficient grace, enabling us to experience His power in ongoing weakness (2 Corinthians 12v9).
On Thursday afternoon Gill and I enjoyed viewing all of London from the 72nd floor of the Shard. What a stunning perspective compared to down at street level! There is a day coming when all our valley floors will be seen in their true context, as we stand eternally on high with the Lord.
Peace and Grace