The transfiguration story is pretty awesome. The ‘inner three’ disciples – Peter, James, and John – are brought up the mountan by Jesus. I bet they were excited for a little ‘alone time’ with Jesus. They were probably running scenarios through their minds about what might happen as they quietly followed along behind a serious Jesus. Don’t imagine there was a lot of trail chatter as they made their way up. When they arrive at their destination, they witness an amazing transfiguration of Jesus. His face becomes like the sun and his clothes become what they described as brilliantly white or dazzling. As if this wasn’t enough to blow their minds, suddenly Moses and Elijah appear and start talking with Jesus, in his transfigured state! Both men long gone from this earth, but there, sure as day!
If I were one of the three I think I would stammer and be afraid too. It would be hard to take in and process all that has happened right before their eyes. Part of me would wonder if this was all real. But it would be so awesome to be there!! Moses and Elijah just seem to know what to do and why they are they. They walk up to Jesus just like he is an old friend, and start talking to him. And, in reality, Moses and Elijah are old friends with Jesus! Moses and Elijah know what to do and say – they were always faithful followers of what God led them to do. At times we are like Peter, James, and John and at times we are like Moses and Elijah. In our faith lives, sometimes we bumble around and other times we just seem to know what to do.
And at times we can also be the one on whom God is looking down upon, smiling as He says we too are His beloved. A gleam in His eye as He says we too ar His child. In the quiet moment, when we take the time and energy to focus in on God, we too can hear these words. We can hear the words, take them in, feel their love, and say, “Thanks Dad, I love you too!” May we each find that quiet place and enter into His presence this day, so that we can offer Him this thanks.