When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.
As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”
Matthew 17: 6 – 9
Being face down on the ground is something that was a common posture for people in the Old Testament to do before the Lord. Then we have this beautiful moment when Jesus touches them. This happens one other time, after his resurrection. They have just seen this amazing thing happen with the transfiguration and are probably very curious and quite confused about what it all means for Jesus. When I am confused about something, I want to talk it out with people to try to make better since and understand it, but Jesus tells them to not tell anyone. One thing I have learned is that there are many times I can only better understand and appreciate something after it has happened. By waiting, they are able to be more present to what is happening in front of them instead of worrying about what is going to happen later.
Prayer: Gracious God, we want to make sense of things that don’t make sense. We become afraid when things happen that we don’t expect and shake us to our core. You come in and touch us, and remind us to not be afraid. May we continue to wonder and be present in this world. Amen
Action: Instead of worrying about what is to come, be present to the present.