When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. Matthew 17:6-8
Peter, James and John were chosen to follow Jesus to the mountain top and witness the Transfiguration. What they saw and heard was so awe-ful that they fell to the ground on their faces. But God tells them audibly to listen to Jesus. Jesus touches his friends and tells them not to be afraid. And when they obey, the fear vanishes and all they see is their Lord.
I want to be like that. Don’t you? When things overwhelm me, whether Heaven sent or not, and I would prefer to cower in fear and not face them, may I also feel Christ’s touch and look up to only see Him shining into my world.
I saw a commercial for new sunglasses that not only reduced the glare, but made things more vivid. It reduced the bad and enhanced the good, giving the wearer a clearer picture of what he was looking at in the bright sunlight. Light can pierce our darkness so brightly that is almost blinds us. That leaves us vulnerable. God in His wisdom realizes the same is true with our soul-vision. His holiness is so brilliant, it may cause some to turn away. Turn and say, “I am not good enough to serve” or “I can’t do that.” That is what the Evil One relishes. He can’t stand the Holy Light either and would rather we retreat with him into the dark.
But, the Holy Spirit gives us the protection to see clearly; His Son’s teachings, sacrifice and example give us the lens to see everything through Him. When we do, it all becomes clear. And when you can see things clearly, there is no fear- for as Christ says, “I am with you until the end of the age”. (Matthew 28:20)
“Be Thou My Vision O Lord of my heart. Nought be all esle to me, save that Thou art. Thou my best thought by day or by night, Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my Light. “ An ancient Irish hymn.
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