Missing the Moment

I like to take pictures. Terry gave me a “fancy” camera that I enjoy using and my ever-present phone takes a lot  of photos too. Some things I’ve photographed lately are ice coating the needles of the neighbor’s tree; youth group; my son; sunrise over the Atlantic; waves; a tasty dinner; moonset over the mountains. I like nature shots and especially close-up pictures. I want to capture what I see or what I feel.

But sometimes I have to force myself to put the camera down. I fear that in being too preoccupied with photographing the moment, I am actually missing the moment. With the camera between me and the people and creatures around me, I’m afraid I’m missing the “real” stuff.

In our Bible text for tomorrow, Matthew 17:1-9, Jesus takes Peter, James and John up for an amazing mountaintop experience. Peter wants to hold the moment – if he’d had a camera he probably would have said “freeze!” He’d want to capture the light and take a picture at several different angles.

But while Peter is figuring out how to make the moment last, he’s missing the moment. God speaks and Peter, James and John are terrified. Jesus comforts them and tells them this isn’t a moment to be shared with others, but one to treasure in their hearts.

It can be disappointing to think there’s no “physical” evidence of an incredible experience to hold on to or keep. But the thing with Jesus is that each of our experiences of God build up our faith and give us a firm foundation on which to stand. Each moment of recognizing who Jesus is and what God can do are worth far more than a mere photograph. May we be open to witnessing these moments and not finding ourselves busily over-thinking how to hold on to them. When Jesus appears, may we really see.

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow as we gather to celebrate our shared mountaintop and valley experiences at 9 and 10:30 am.

Grace and peace,

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