Sometimes I wish I could just have the joy and leave out the rest.
I know I'm not the only one. In fact there's a similar circumstance for the disciples:
"And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus. And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only." Mark 9: 2-8
Amazed by the glory shown to him, Peter did not want it to end. However the display of this radiance vanished as quickly as it had come and they were shadowed in a cloud. What a contrast of intense brightness quickly followed by the shadow of a cloud! And why? Maybe to show the true glory of Christ, get the disciples attention, and deepen their commitment to him. They had to leave the mountain, there was more work to be done in service with Christ and glory to the Father.
Following are a few pictures to help explain contrast and value. First, here are the terms defined:
Contrast- To set in opposition in order to show or emphasize differences.
Value-(in artwork) Possibly the most important aspect of a piece of art is the quality called value. Here "value" means simply how light or dark something is. Many gifted artists have noted that of the three basic aspects of color – hue, value and chroma (intensity) – value is the most important.