Mountains Or Beach?
I love the mountains. I like the beach just fine, but I love the mountains. Mary-Ellen loves the beach. She likes the mountains just fine, but she loves the beach. So, you can imagine the conversation when we’re planning vacations and “get aways.” I like to point out that it’s biblical to go to the mountains – Revelation says “the sea will be no more.” Mary-Ellen responds that is all the more reason to go to the beach now, while it’s still there. We try to do both and alternate as often as we can. It helps that each of us “likes just fine” the place that the other prefers.
We’ve come to summer, to the season of the year when many of us will be heading one way or the other. We’ll be, as pastors like to say, “up and down Methodists – either up in the mountains or down at the beach.” The good news is that God meets us at each place. Whether viewing the world from a mountain top or contemplating creation while watching the surf, we can experience and know the presence of God.
Scripture witnesses to that truth. The Bible is full of stories of both mountains and beaches. In our summer sermon series these next few weeks, we will be looking at some of those stories. We’ll begin on Sunday with a mountain story (because I get to choose). We’ll read Exodus 19:16-22 and discover that the mountains can be a place of immediate encounter with God as we talk about “Smoke on the Mountain.”
If you’re in town, I hope to see you Sunday whether you are a mountain or a beach person. If you’re at the mountains or the beach, I hope you’ll pray for us as we gather Sunday and we will pray for you. No matter where you are, look for the signs of the Presence. You never know where God might turn up.
Grace and peace.