The words form heaven, “This is my beloved, whom I love. With Him I am well pleased,” revealed to the disciples present just who this man was that they had been following for around the land. It must have been reassuring to Peter, James, and John to really know who this was. The transfiguration should have been a defining moment in their lives and in their relationship with Jesus. But, like us when we catch a glimpse of God’s presence in an amazing way and then simply return to our ordinary lives, they seemed to return to just being themselves. How easy is it to just go back to our everyday life!!
Peter shares with his audience and with us the amazing experience he had when he saw Jesus transfigured and then heard God speak. It is one of those, ‘no really, you gotta believe me – I saw and heard it!’ He wants them and us to know that Jesus was and is magnified in glory through the Father. At times in our lives we are privy to times when we catch a glimpse of God’s glory in our own lives – when we see or witness a miracle , when we look out at the sunset and can just feel God alive in it, or maybe when we slip into His presence on a Sunday morning in worship. Yet we so often turn our attention to something else or move onto the next thing on our to-do list.
So often in the day to day of life, it can be hard to experience or find God. We get so busy with our own lives we fail to be in tune with God. I wonder how many times I miss God in the person I pass on the sidewalk or in the person who calls or visits me or in the people I don’t even notice. And it is a shame because in each one there is an opportunity to either share God with them or to be blessed by the living God within them. We must work at training our eyes to see God, our ears to hear God, and our hearts to feel God when He is near. The means to this end are found in God’s holy word, in time spent in prayer, and in making an effort to be in tune. It usually must be intentional. True, there will be mountaintop experiences where God is just right there and fully present in all of His glory. But in the day to day, we must work at experiencing the presence of God in our lives. As one works at tuning in and being being aware of God in the day to day, we can see, hear, and feel better. Gradually, over time, we can draw closer to the example Jesus set for us – we come to see Him in all of the people we meet, in all of the situations we encounter, and in all of the events of our lives. May we all grow in our tuning!