“This is my son, the beloved; with whom I am well pleased; listen to him!” Matthew 7:5
When Jesus led a few of his closest disciples to the top of a mountain and they saw Jesus, the guy they have been traveling with for some time, transformed before their eyes it must have been one of those once in a lifetime experiences. The disciples were blown away by what they experienced. Some experiences do that more than others; sometimes we just don’t know quite what to do when Jesus shows up in our lives. The disciples thought they knew what this thing called faith was about, but this experience changed everything. Then God says something troubling to them; “Listen to him!” Bottom line is that they thought they were listening to Jesus and doing all the right things along the way. So why did God feel the need to remind them to listen? Maybe then, as today, we have a hard time listening to what God has to say to us. We think we are going in the right direction then God gives us a “wow” experience, a realization that God is a whole lot bigger than we could ever imagine. The little rooms we build for God do not hold the majesty or the fullness of the grace of God. We tend to compartmentalize God to suit our needs. We seek a God that satisfies our needs rather than experience God who will transform our lives for the better. Allow God to touch your life and be “blown away” by the change that ensues. God offers us reminders along the journey, some profound and others simply a small quiet voice. God speaks in many ways; we just need to be open to what God is doing in us and around us.
Rev. Tom Joyce, pastor
Fields United Methodist Church