Practical Proverbial, from Mark, 17 June 2015

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. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Mark 9, verses 2-4.

Jesus gives us just the right amount of time.   Or, as the Doobie Brothers (or the Byrds) might have said it, “Jesus is just alright with me.”   He’s alright because He made it alright at just the right time with just the right amount of time.

Riddle me this, Batman reader: was six days enough time for Jesus to prepare His close friends for what they would see?   Truth be told, we don’t know if He prepared them in any way.   We don’t know if He said or did anything that said to them “get ready for something you’ve never seen before that will challenge everything you believe about Me.” In fact, other than as a frame of reference, we don’t know why verse 2 even says “after six days.”   Perhaps it’s a moot point.

Or perhaps not.

You see, it’s just the right amount of time for them to begin to reset their minds from the verbal bombs Jesus had dropped on them about taking up their crosses and losing their lives for Him.   We’re human; we need to unpack and process.   What had happened before was an emotional, physical stress, so Jesus gave His friends enough time to process it, and then (like Emeril Lagasse), He kicked it up a notch.

So Jesus takes them up on this mountain and rocks their world; the Doobie Brothers would have played along in good rock and roll harmony; David Crosby would have just smoked pot. Jesus did it for them (and us), you know.   The whole transfiguration wasn’t for Himself, and it wasn’t for Moses or Elijah.   They had already seen Jesus in His heavenly splendor.   No, it was for the disciples to see and draw faith…then for each of us to do so as well.

And that continues to happen at just the right time. Every now and then I need a little gift of encouragement; every now and then I would love to see a little hint of Jesus’ splendor. But you know my feelings about miracles:   they happen every day.   Yes, I really would love to see Jesus face to face and just fall to my knees in reverence, but I honestly believe Jesus also shows us sides of His personality every single day through everything around us.   Rainbows in the sky (themselves reminders of God’s covenant), newborn babies, the smile on the face of a friend, a few minutes of quiet solace in a hectic day, blades of grass and the beauty of mountains:   the list could go on and on of all the ways Jesus pulls back the curtain right in front of us to give us a glimpse at just the right time of who and what He really is.   More and more, I’ve come to believe that appreciating beauty is the lens through which we view the personality and splendor of God.   That happens at just the right time and usually just when we need to see it the most.

Amazing.   Just alright with me, in fact, no matter who sings the song.

Jesus, thank You for encouraging me with Your beauty at just the right time every day.

Read Mark 9, verses 1-13.


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