After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.
Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Matthew 17: 1-5
Listen to him!
I wonder, Lord, how I would react if I were Peter, James or John that day, high on the mountain.
Would I be like Peter – so self-centered, only thinking of myself? “It is good for us to be here.” I am not sure if I witnessed Your transfiguration and the miraculous appearance of Moses and Elijah, standing there talking with Jesus, if I could even speak!
My mind races and my ego shouts so loud, I can’t hear the conversation among them.
Would I be like Peter – so busy planning to do things – wanting to build a shelter – that he missed the significance of what he was witnessing?
What do I miss everyday, Lord? My eyes are clouded with busyness; they miss your true appearance. My focus is on my plans, my accomplishments, and my to-do lists. I don’t see You in my work.
In Luke, the disciples are sleeping – Wake me up Lord! I don’t want to miss You.
I wonder what Your voice sounded like when You spoke from the cloud.
Would I remember each word?
Help me, Lord to hold all of Your words in my heart. I want to hear You, especially Your command to the disciples and to all of us – “Listen to him!”
Listen to him. A clear command from God to each of us. Listen to Jesus.
I do want to listen to You. To obey You. To follow You.
These are my marching orders from God – Listen to Jesus
Whether I am on the mountaintop with the Lord –
Whether I am wiping a friend’s tears while listening to her heart break –
Whether I am in my kitchen scrubbing floors
Whether I am typing on the keyboard
Open my ears, Lord to obey and listen to Jesus.