A Natural Response

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The crowd numbered near two thousand. We stood shoulder to shoulder, leaning on the railing, eyes wide in disbelief. As our cruise ship slowly drifts through the waters of Glacier National Park, the beauty overwhelms and quiet reverie seems the only appropriate response. For a few, extraordinary moments we stood in stunned silence. Of course the silence was quickly followed by lively exclamations. Because amazement requires response. Because wonder requires response. Because admiration requires response.

I love how beauty moves us to respond. We can only imagine how Peter, James and John must have felt as they stood on a mountaintop with Jesus.

Mark 9:2-6 ‘Six days later Jesus took Peter, James and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed, and his clothes became dazzling white, far whiter than any earthly bleach could ever make them. Then Elijah and Moses appeared and began talking with Jesus. Peter exclaimed, “Rabbi, it’s wonderful for us to be here! Let’s make three shelters as memorials-one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He said this because he didn’t really know what else to say, for they were all terrified.’

Let’s look at this from their point of view.

They climb up this mountain to spend some quality time with Jesus. They most likely felt special and looked forward to this time alone with Jesus. No crowds, no other disciples, no distractions. Then before their very eyes Jesus was transformed into a glorious God-like vision. Then two dead prophets show up and start chatting with Jesus. They have seen Jesus do some amazing things up to this point, but this experience held quite the shock factor.

I love Peter, he’s the kind of guy that just reacts from the heart no matter what the situation. He responds to Jesus (even though Jesus is looking a bit dazzling and different right now) like a friend. He tells Jesus, we are so happy to be here! Then he says, we should build you, Moses and Elijah each a shelter as a memorial of this moment.

Peter didn’t know what to do or what to say, but his amazement required response. His wonder required response. And because Peter is a man of action, moved by beauty, he allowed his admiration to respond.

Dear Lord,

Every day your light in the morning sky reminds me of the beauty you lay before me. I am dazzled by your light and long to respond as Peter did, with deep admiration and love. When I don’t have words to express my thankful heart, I will simply whisper, I am so happy to be here with you.

Amen

 

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Sitting here admiring the view.

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Sitting here admiring the view. Sunlight strong and willing to put a shimmer on the world. Closing out the shadows and all they bring.

If today finds you struggling through a few dimly lit corners, fight for the view.
If we must surrender, let it be to the radiance.

Do we ever stop to consider the control we lend to darkness?
We allow it authority to eclipse truth.
It challenges our senses, nothing seems as it really is.
We live unbalanced, unbelieving and undone by the distortion.

What if we flipped the switch?
What if our reality was lit by the dawning of a new perspective?
What if we saw everyday, everything and everyone through vivid, brilliant Light?

If we rely on God as our beacon in the twilight moments, when our hearts and humanity fail us, He will flood our vision with a new panoramic reality.
He has complete command over lies that live in a veil of deceit and distortion.

Trust Him to light your way through.
Permit His love to shield you in the first hours of dusk when doubt finds it’s way in.
He is the Light, the Truth and the Way.

Sit back and admire the view. The SonLight is strong and willing to put a shimmer on your world.
All you have to do is surrender to the Radiance.
Amen?