Matthew 17:1-9

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.” 
I love the story of The Transfiguration of Jesus. Four dudes on a camping trip who start seeing visions. Sounds like all they were missing was a Greatful Dead album. 

I love this story because I relate so hard to Peter. Something awesome is happening so let’s keep it awesome by making a plan to live in this awesome state. That’s what I would do. Keep a good thing going. 

But sometimes, we have to leave the moment to truly understand and appreciate experiences. 

If they had stayed, the vision would eventually become ordinary. We have to step away to be able to see the big picture to truly appreciate all that God is doing. 

When we feel moments of joy, they seem to pass by quickly. It’s hard not to want to stay there forever. But God calls us to step away and make room for new experiences. God calls us down off the mountain and back into our neighborhoods and communities so that we can share our joy with others. 

There is so much joy to be found in the world. Don’t hold on to one so tightly that you can never experience anymore moments of bliss. Open yourself up to new ways to experience joy. 

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