The mountaintop experiences didn't come to an end when I returned to Iowa. The Thursday after I returned from Colorado, New Life Prison Community hosted a worship service at the Newton Prison. It was an incredible worship service to say the least. Overall, the highlight was baptism and profession of faith. Ten men were baptized and one man professed his faith in Jesus Christ. These eleven men committed themselves to make a stand by following Jesus Christ. At first, I was disappointed that it was only eleven instead of twelve disciples. Later in the evening, however, I was reminded of the eleven disciples who met with Jesus after His resurrection from the dead. "Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go" (Matthew 28:16). Is it significant that this was also on mountain? Probably. But I suppose it's more than just spatial. It's spiritual. Whenever we meet with God, it's a mountaintop experience!
Unfortunately, not every moment of life is spent on the mountaintop reaching for spiritual highs. Whenever you find yourself in the valleys of life longing for the elusive heights of the mountain peaks, go to God's Word for comfort, encouragement, and grace. Today I encourage you to meditate on the 95th Psalm. It makes no difference if you read it on the printed page, listen to it on your MP3 player, visit the BibleGateway.com webpage, or call it up on your smartphone's Bible app. Simply pause to digest this important message: "The Mountain Peaks Belong to Him."
Rick Admiraal is the pastor of New Life Prison Community, a prison congregation in Newton, Iowa. New Life is in the middle of its third year of ministry to the imprisoned. So far it's been a big year for New Life of hosting big events, such as February's 'Piercing the Darkness' concert and May's 'Brothers-in-Blue,' a four day spiritual retreat behind prison walls. Rick & his wife Rose live in Pella with their two children: John and Annaliese.