Wednesday Word 2.14.2018

Mark 9:2-10 New International Version

After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. 3 His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. 4 And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus. 5 Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 6 (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.) 7 Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” 8 Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus. 9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus gave them orders not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 They kept the matter to themselves, discussing what “rising from the dead” meant.

Transfiguration. This is a big word that means change. It does not mean just any change, it means a glorifying change. A giant, whopping, transforming spiritual change. It is hard for me to imagine what it must have been like for the disciples to see Moses and Elijah appear from Heaven and see their beloved Jesus as a Heavenly being. I am surprised we don’t find out that a giant, whopping, transforming spiritual change came over Peter, James and John as a result of witnessing this experience! I’m sure it would take time to process what they had seen, but the passage ends with them in a very confused state.

Lent begins today, February 14. This is an opportunity for us to make preparation for our very own transforming spiritual change. Not that any of us would warrant the amazing experience Jesus had on that mountaintop, but we can make our hearts ready for our own kind of giant, whopping, transforming spiritual change. The glorifying change came down from Heaven for Jesus. Any change in us will come from that same source. The time is at hand to reflect on the gifts God has given us, what our response has been, and what it should be. We don’t have to travel to the mountaintop in order for God to transform us. All we have to do is make ready. We have to be listening. If our eyes are open, we can see God all around us. The Holy Spirit will change us in ways we cannot imagine. Sometimes the changes are subtle. Sometimes, God moves us in giant, whopping, transforming ways…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki

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