Dear Family of Faith,
I apologize that my reflection is a little delayed this week. In many ways that’s purposeful. Yesterday (Tuesday) proved to be a busy day. Every time I found time to sit down to get a few minutes to write, my mind and heart felt a little heavy. This morning I’m still feeling that a little. However, yesterday when we picked up the kids from school, we went on a family walk. It was beautiful outside.
During our walk there was a moment that stood out to me. There was one particular area in the woods that was a shaded short trail, it was darkened by the shade of the trees. Though, at the end of this short trail there was an incredible burst of light. It reminded me of our conversation this past Sunday. As we reflected on the Transfiguration, we considered the revelations of Jesus in our life. I shared this quote from Pastor Brian Zahnd, Revelation is not the end; it’s the beginning. Revelation is not the capstone, it’s the cornerstone. Revelation is not where we arrive, it’s where we begin.
This short burst of light on my walk was enough in the moment to bring some hope, and energy, into my weary soul. In the Transfiguration, the revelation of Christ, to some of his close followers, is an incredible supernatural event. For us, perhaps we’ve had experiences that were a big and obvious manifestation of Jesus’ presence with us. Or perhaps, those revelations of Jesus appear in small bursts of light, a kind word, the smile of a stranger, or an inner peace/strength to keep going.
Jesus and his followers came down from the Mountain after the Transfiguration event. They were met by the crowds waiting there. Indeed, in the valley people need healing, there’s pain, there are unknowns, there’s messiness, and there are endless possibilities to remember the revelations of Jesus. The followers that experienced the Transfiguration were never the same after that experience. And, we too, are not the same after we have seen the revelation of Jesus in our lives.
Therefore, whatever your mountain top experiences have been, where you met with Jesus, we remember that his revelations sustain/enthuse us for the work before us.