I wonder how I would react to this transfiguration if I had been one of those three disciples. I’d probably be just as transfixed as they were.
Perhaps like Peter, I would have desperately tried to come up with something, anything, which gave the appearance that I was in control of the situation, especially because I felt overwhelmed. I suspect that I do that more often than I’d care to admit.
At such times, the best thing is to simply stop and listen; to pay attention not only to what’s happening around you, but also what’s happening to you.
Like those three, I’m sure I would have been transfixed, paralyzed with fear, not knowing where to go or what to do.
At such times, it’s good to be reminded that we do not have to be in control or even to understand. The one who transcends time, who encompasses all that is in the Law and the Prophets, who often dazzles, bewilders and even frightens us, still touches us and sets us back on our feet and reminds us, “Do not be afraid.”
Awesome God, when I'm totally overwhelmed by a situation, perhaps facing an unexpected challenge that seems to be your challenge to me, help me to listen and not be afraid. Amen. — KW