Preparing for this week’s services I read, again, in “Seasons of the Spirit”, “Clouds, shining faces, voices from the sky… young children readily accept the extraordinary stories in the Bible and receive them alongside stories of talking animals and magical lands. But then a healthy and age-appropriate skepticism changes how we hear stories like Jesus’ transfiguration.”
How sad it is that for the most part we expect our children to grow out of “wonder” and trust/belief in what the scientific, analytical, adult mind would deem supernatural or unnatural… and impossible.
How incredibly sad because it is within the realm of the “supernatural” that we are most likely to encounter God… or recognize and trust in such an encounter. It is in letting go of what we can touch and see, and prove that we are likely to hear and feel the presence of God.
No wonder Jesus says ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’
At the very moment when we need reassurance of the reality of God we become adults who reject signs of an otherwise unseen world, in favor of scientific proof!
Many believers have told me that they have never had a “mountaintop experience” in the presence of God… a life changing moment of clarity and utter belief! Perhaps they are looking from the wrong perspective? Perhaps a change of lenses might enable us to observe the world (and life) from the perspective of innocent childhood.
Then again, we may, ourselves, be transformed by the events in life, seeing the world through the lens of Jesus love and teachings. Perhaps others are more likely to see the changes in us as we are transformed by the power of God in our lives.
I pray for you, many mountain top experiences and encounters with the wonder of God! And, if the encounters are quiet and gentle, never the less, I pray that the power of God may overshadow and continue to transform you so that you are seen and known as bearers of His light.