The first words of the meditation were “picture yourself with Jesus and his followers Peter, James and John as you walk up the steep path that is the spectacular Mount Tabor”. One of those simple statements that pulls you up short. Well I know Mount Tabor is spectacular, and steep! I went there many years ago.
And yes, we took the transport up it. But now I am being asked to walk it and that is beyond me – even with Jesus. My illness and disabilities make that beyond me. How I would love to be able to walk up a mountain, or even a hill or a small mound.
And one thought led to another. If I can’t make it up the mountain, am I going to miss out on the mountain top experience? If I can’t ever make it up the mountain, to the away day, to the social event, to anything that requires more than an hour of me sitting on a chair, to sit in a room where the lights are too bright, to be in an environment where there is sensory overload, too much noise, to do anything that requires more energy than I have (not a lot), (insert your own difficulty)… am I always going to be missing out on the special encounter with God?
The beauty of the TakeTime meditations is that Jesus takes you aside and asks you to share with him what is on your mind and in your heart. And God listens and speaks.
To me – God is the God of the Mountain Tops, but he is also the God of the Valley Bottoms. I am with you wherever you are. You can meet with me right here, as far as you can, or can’t, get. I am here and you are special.
But yet still it feels there is so much to miss out on, so much I can’t be a part of. Not because of anyone’s fault, but my circumstance.
Is there anything that can be done to help me? (My church is brilliant at helping me access community and God in ways that I can that fit outside the box – our housegroup is one example of that – but that is not everyone’s experience)
How can I help others meet God? Perhaps sitting at the bottom of the mountain is the place I need to be to meet others who also have to sit there.
I have no neat answers, just some questions.
Mark 9:2-13 Good News Translation (GNT)
2 Six days later Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John, and led them up a high mountain, where they were alone. As they looked on, a change came over Jesus, 3 and his clothes became shining white—whiter than anyone in the world could wash them. 4 Then the three disciples saw Elijah and Moses talking with Jesus. 5 Peter spoke up and said to Jesus, “Teacher, how good it is that we are here! We will make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 6 He and the others were so frightened that he did not know what to say.
7 Then a cloud appeared and covered them with its shadow, and a voice came from the cloud, “This is my own dear Son—listen to him!” 8 They took a quick look around but did not see anyone else; only Jesus was with them.
9 As they came down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has risen from death.”
10 They obeyed his order, but among themselves they started discussing the matter, “What does this ‘rising from death’ mean?” 11 And they asked Jesus, “Why do the teachers of the Law say that Elijah has to come first?”
12 His answer was, “Elijah is indeed coming first in order to get everything ready. Yet why do the Scriptures say that the Son of Man will suffer much and be rejected? 13 I tell you, however, that Elijah has already come and that people treated him just as they pleased, as the Scriptures say about him.”
***Do take a look at the Take Time meditations. They are a brilliant resource for personal or group use. We use them at our house group set up specifically for those with chronic illness or caring for those who have as a short and non-demanding group. No great concentration or sitting for a long time required. Just support, understanding of one anothers issues, meeting with each other and God.