E-votional   The Next Day
February 26, 2001
On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met Him." 

-- Luke 5:37-43
True, it was indeed one of the strangest sights in the Gospel, in the New Testament for that matter.  Jesus was changed, transformed before the very eyes of John, James and Peter.  Not only that, but I imagine, James, John and Peter too experienced a change within themselves.  They had seen the Jesus in His his Glory.  Then, they returned to the rest of the world.  For that split second, for the rest of that day, the day of the transfiguration, they were caught up in the moment.  But it was the next day that speaks so clearly to us all.
Hear the Good News, as Jesus works in our life, we will truly be lifted up, our countenance will change, our enthusiasm will be remarkable, and our lives will have a great direction.  Then we will encounter the great crowds in our life.  As long as we retain our focus, the focus of what God is doing in our life, as long as we remain open the the presence and work of the Holy Spirit in our life, no crowd will discourage us.  We can and will amaze people, even the doubters, as we are faithful and open to the activity of God in our life.
Lord, thank You for the mountain top experiences in my life.  Being on the mountain top is so unbelievable.  But then, I have to walk down and I find myself with the crowds, all calling me in different directions.  Please, keep my eyes and ears focused to You.  Allow Your presence in my life to dominate my life.  Then, free me to live joyfully, fulfilling Your calling of me.  Thank You for all You have done in my life, and all You will continue to do, through Christ our Lord I pray.  Amen.