The story of the transfiguration was the reading from Luke this morning.  One thing that has always stood out to me about this story is what Peter says after Jesus is transfigured and seen talking to Moses and Elijah.  The authors are quick to point out that Peter didn’t know what else to say, and then, they record what he said.

Master, it’s wonderful for us to be here! Let’s make three shelters as memorials—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah (Luke 9:33 NLT).

Peter wants to stay in that moment.  Who wouldn’t?  Who wouldn’t want to stay in an incredible moment, to dwell in a place of a spiritual high?  When we are at a place like that, we are in tune with God in a way that we rarely feel on a daily basis.  I remember going on mission trips when I was in high school, and they were always amazing experiences.  However, you eventually have to come home.  Even when you end up working at the mission camp for the summer, you have to come home eventually.  As much as we want to stay in those places, as much as we want to continue experiencing that spiritual high, eventually, like Peter, James and John, we have to come down from the mountain, and get back to life.  We can’t just hang out there forever.

However…

Those spiritual experiences can never be taken away from us.  We can’t stay in them forever, but that doesn’t mean they can’t affect our lives in such a way that our lives are forever changed.  Remember those experiences, allow them to shape who you are, grow in your  walk with Jesus through them.

You can’t just hang out there forever, but you can come back a new person, a changed person, a person who is ready to move to the next step of your walk with Jesus.

Advertisements