Luke 13:19b – “It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.”
Life can be lonely.
One of the most overwhelming aspects of life is the feeling of loneliness, isolation, or seclusion. As my life fills to beyond blessed, I am alert to the pain experienced by others who feel they exist – alone – in the shadows. Perhaps, you know the aching chill that permeates as the shadow whelms you. Perhaps, you have encountered the emptiness of isolation. For too many of us, allowing life to underwhelm us so that God can overwhelm us begins with the awareness of our isolation. It begins with the acknowledgement of our desire to participate in something larger than our self.
Psalm 127:3 – “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.”
When we allow life to underwhelm us, God can overwhelm us. More accurately, we become more aware of God’s presence in our life when life’s persistent failure to meet our expectation does not dominate our thoughts. The (hidden) presence of God is revealed, but only when we cancel out the noise of life so that we can hear the voice of God speaking to us. Continue reading
Luke 9:34 – “While [Peter] was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud.”
The scene is familiar. Jesus has taken Peter, James, and John with him to the top of a mountain. He prays in isolation, but the disciples struggle to keep awake. While Jesus is praying, something spectacular occurs – his face begins to change and his clothes become a dazzling white. Moses and Elijah manifest and they speak with Jesus about what must occur in Jerusalem. The three disciples, dazed and confused, identify the unique that occurs before them. Peter suggests three dwellings be built so they may stay there. “While [Peter] was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud.” Continue reading