February 13

Mark 9:2-6

“Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’” vs. 5

When Peter was at a loss for words he usually said something–it was his way of dealing with anxiety, and as an extrovert, it was more comfortable for him to talk than think. So on the mountain of transfiguration, after a powerful vision of Jesus as the Christ, he blurts out the first thing that came to mind, “Rabbi, let’s build something!” His inclination meshes with what we sometimes like to do after life-changing experiences. Because time is never static, we know that the priceless moments can’t possibly last and feelings quickly dissipate. That’s why we take pictures, dozens of them, store them in the cloud, and hope that when we next retrieve them, the feelings of the moment will return. Now it’s a good thing to take pictures, and they are a sometimes shocking aid to our memories, but the past can never be repeated and experiences can only be remembered. Peter caught a glimpse of the resurrected Jesus on the mountain, but a season of suffering remained before he would know the full glory of Easter. We too will have our share of mountain top experiences, and sometimes those memories can sustain us as we move through the shadowy valleys. But even if we forget, the promise is sure–on the other side of suffering resurrection and transformation await.

Thought for the Day: A moment in my life I’d like to return to.

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