Pondering the Gospel on the Transfiguration, I think about my volunteer year experience with the Augustinians and the similarities to the mountain experience that Peter, James and John must have had. Much like the disciples, I wanted to prolong my time as a volunteer due to the great experience I had within my community, service sites and the relationships I’ve formed along my path. I knew that my time as a volunteer was temporary and that I couldn’t have this mountain experience forever because I had to experience the reality of life, as well as to allow God’s will to play out. I thought about joining another volunteer program. However, I decided not to pursue this endeavor because I knew God was calling me to other aspects of life.
The apostles descended the mountain after they were told to keep what they had witnessed to themselves and to trust in God’s divine providence. Depending upon God’s providence was something I wrestled with after my volunteer year, simply because I was impatient and wanted a quick answer to my questions. I left the program without knowing what was ahead of me. I didn’t know what God had in store for me until I eventually landed the job that I had been praying for.
God leads us to places where we can fully experience his presence and divinity, as well as get new insights. We must accept our own crosses on our journey to heaven. We need to make sure we are truly following him and his will because he knows what’s best for us and he has a future for us. Even if we don’t recognize it at all.