“Mountain tops are for views and inspiration;
but fruit is grown in the valleys.” Billy Graham
The famed old comedian Jackie Gleason was fond of saying “Oh, how sweet it is!!” That can and is exclaimed by all of us when we have a view from a mountain top in physical reality or when we reach a pinnacle in our business or personal life.
Several years ago my wife and I went on a trip to Berne, Switzerland courtesy of the Life Insurance we were working for at the time. One of the side trips, that was included in this holiday, was a luncheon at the top of Mount Schilthorn in the Bernese Alps. The significance of this trip was that the restaurant is the only thing on top of Mount Schilthorn. The exciting (or frightening) event leading up to the meal was the cable car ride from the small mountain town of Mürren which was located at approximately 2500 feet to the top of Schilthorn.
The restaurant however was over 10,000 feet altitude. The last 7,000 or so feet was traversed in a cable car holding about 30 people with nothing below us except air for many many feet. (I by the way moved to the middle of the car LOL). For you James Bond fans this cable car was highlighted in the film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” and the fight that took place was on top of the cable car. (Go figure)
This story as it relates to our thought is this, for as we munched our lunch the restaurant revolved 360 degrees giving each diner a full panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and the beautiful foliage below…It truly was breath taking and inspirational…however as with life in a few hours we were back on the ground in the valley of those beautiful mountains and shortly thereafter back to WORK.
Mountain peaks in life are meant only for rest, reflection and refreshment…no one and I mean no one remains at the mountain top experience for more than a scant period of time. After a short period of revitalization at the peak, life’s gravity pulls us back to the reality of growing “fruit” in our lives; so we can once again begin the trek back up another mountain and be a blessing to others.
I like what I read some time ago, “Even God didn’t create two mountain peaks without valleys in between.” However, there are two mountain peaks on which we can all remain the Psalmists tells us of them when he writes, “Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. (Psalm 36:6) and “May the mountains bring prosperity to the people…” (Psalm 72:3).
Go this week sowing the fruit of righteousness and prosperity to all you meet thus becoming a mountain of God’s Love and grace to your world…