28 Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. 30 And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, 31 who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure,[b] which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33 And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said.34 As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!”36 And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen. Luke 9:28-36 (English Standard Version)
Oh to be so overshadowed by the Cloud of the Divine and be under the covering of God!
We need this covering even more after the events in Newtown, Connecticut. God calls for us to trust Him/Her with open hearts. We need to “enter the cloud” and let God wrap Him/Herself around us.
In the above text, we read of Jesus taking disciples Peter, James and John atop an unnamed mountain to pray, where for a moment we see Jesus in a transfigured (glorified) state where he’s conversing with Moses and Elijah (which I believe was the confirmation of Jesus’s prophetic role to the House of Israel). Afterwards we see the cloud overshadowing them and God’s voice telling the men of Jesus’s significance and to listen to him. After which we find Jesus alone with the three disciples.
The disciples had a life-changing event when they saw the true Jesus-the glorified Jesus. How many of us dare to have God totally reveal Him/Herself to us? How many of us are willing to ascend up the mountain and be exposed to the Divine covering? Are we willing to open our hearts to God-in prayer-and enter that cloud and hear what we need to hear? Are we willing to see Jesus as he really is in our lives? Are we truly ready to listen to what Jesus taught and follow his words; or better still, live and love as Jesus did?
Or are we happy to stay down in the valley, out of sight and out of mind; hoping to be off the Divine radar? Many of us just want the “get along” spirituality that just meets our basic needs and keeps God “up there” while we’re “down here”. We want just enough of God to survive and then crawl back into the shadows of egoism and religion until we “need” God around again.
Me? I’ll climb up to the mountaintop and expose myself to the Cloud of God; to be transfigured through God’s glory so I can know what God wants for me. I’d rather tabernacle (fellowship) with the Divine-thank you, so when it’s time to head back down into the valley I can bring that glory into the lives of those in the shadows.
And-unlike the disciples-I won’t keep silent.