How exciting must it have been to be Peter, James, or John.
They are witnesses to some of the most amazing moments in human history, not least of all the transfiguration of Jesus (Luke 9:28-36), which is the focus of our services this Sunday.
In this incredible encounter they see Jesus chatting away with Moses and Elijah as if they are old friends (because, of course, they are). Peter gets understandably carried away and starts planning a permanent residence for Jesus, Moses and Elijah to keep this moment alive forever.
The parentheses here are fantastic. Peter begins his over-energised stream-of-consciousness speech and Luke (our narrator) adds in brackets “he did not know what he was saying.” (v33). How very much like Peter to not know what he was saying.
Of course he wanted to stay in an experience that he thought was good, but staying there would have prevented something that was even better (the Resurrection for one, Pentecost for another).
How often do we say to God that we want something to stay the same, not knowing that he has something better for us further down the line? This can happen in all sorts of aspects of our lives. Let us seek to be people who are always looking for God’s lead on what he is up to and keep moving into the blessing he has for us.