Near milepost 408 on the Blue Ridge Parkway is Mount Pisgah. It may be my favorite spot in the mountains (if it’s not my absolute favorite, it’s certainly near the top of the list).
At Mount Pisgah, near the summit, there is an inn that is open about half the year. The Pisgah Inn is a wonderful place to stay, especially if you need nothing to entertain you more than a magnificent view from near the top of a 5700 foot mountain. From Mount Pisgah, you can see for miles. On a clear day, Asheville (16 miles away) is visible. Cold Mountain can be seen from there, as can Mount Mitchell. The view will take your breath away. From the top of Pisgah, one can see a perspective not possible in the valleys or zipping by on Interstate 40. One gets to see the world from “up there” and from “up there” a lot of things disappear that bother us “down here.”
Of course, this is not the first mountain named Pisgah. The Old Testament has one. It appears first in the book of Numbers. Balaam goes to Pisgah asking God to allow him to curse Israel. Instead he receives an oracle from God blessing Israel. Pisgah features most prominently, however, when Moses goes to its summit to view the Promised Land that he will not be allowed to enter. At Pisgah’s summit, Moses gains a perspective that he would not otherwise have had. From “up there” he sees things he cannot see from “down here.”
This Sunday, we’ll talk about “The View From Up Here” as we consider this poignant story of Moses on Mount Pisgah in Deuteronomy 34. We’ll consider what it may mean to be given a “God’s eye” view of the future and how that can be received in faith.
I’ll meet you Sunday on the mountaintop.
Grace and peace.