"Then a cloud appeared and enveloped them, and a voice came from the cloud: 'This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!' Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus."
People who know me well know that I am quite easily distracted. I try to sit up front in classes or church so I can focus on the teacher or preacher without looking around. So I relate to Peter’s response at Jesus’ transfiguration in Mark 9:5-6. This wasn’t the only time Peter got distracted. Earlier, Jesus had called Peter out of the boat to walk to Him on the water. But Peter’s focus then was on the waves and off Jesus. He nearly drowned! Later, God revealed to Peter that Jesus was the Christ. But Peter was distracted again and rebuked Jesus for talking about His impending death.
Now Peter, witnessing the glorious transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain with Elijah and Moses, didn’t know what to say. But, instead of intently focusing on Jesus’ glory in wonder, he blurted nervously, “I know – let’s build something!” God took Peter’s face firmly in His hands and said, “This is My Son. Listen to Him!” Suddenly, all Peter could see was Jesus. That’s what we want – to only see Jesus and His glory!
FATHER, WHEN I AM DISTRACTED BY "WAVES" OR HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES, OVERWHELMED WITH FEAR, TAKE MY FACE IN YOUR HANDS AND LET ME SEE