2.19.2009

Transfiguration Sunday

2 Kings 2.1-12
Psalm 50.1-62
Corinthians 4.3-6
Mark 9.2-9

We don't know if there is a way to schedule these things, or force them to happen...but it seems that as life moves around there are times when new understandings just show up. We are certain there is someone out in the KC crowd that has given these happenings a name, and we would love to hear them.....sometimes they might be referred to as an Epiphany, but what we are looking at this week seems to be a bit different....so far we can only name it as an AhHa moment.

Have you ever experienced anything like this? You know that something is different or should be different but you do not quite know what it is....and then something happens that illuminates or explains or exposes things you suspected were there, but could not quite see or grasp or put a finger on.

The examples we see this week in our scriptures are sort of based around a new knowing or a new vision or a new understanding. The people in the scripture seem to know something, but are unwilling or unable to embrace, accept, or act on it until they are somehow Dislodged or Unstuck or Reframed or Reset or Something.

In the story of Elijah ascending in front of Elisha we are witness to this "aha" moment. Elisha knew there was something about Elijah and he wanted to know more about. And then, after witnessing Elijah's ascent, we can imagine that Elisha knew everything was different from that point forward, and there was no way he could know exactly how different it would be.

In Psalm 50 we read the witness of a person who seems to be a little further on the other side of this Knowing. He seems to have had an experience with God, and is now living out his life in a way that points to that understanding of God and the world that is different for him.

In this letter to the Christians in Corinth, we see Paul talking about this idea from a more philosophical place. It seems he is offering some explanations as to why the message of the gospel is not always accepted. And the conclusion he reaches here is that maybe they are being limited by "the god of this world" and impeded from being able to have the AhHa moment of understanding.

And in Mark we see another classic image of this AhHa experience. Somehow these men have followed Jesus knowing something was up, but it takes the event that is the white glowy Jesus to understand more of (but not completely everything) what they "know." This event...this moment of revelation changed those folks forever, but it took a while for them to understand and integrate what they saw and what it meant to them in their own lives.

Have you experienced a seminal, paradigm-shifting moment in your life?
What was it?
Does the knowledge from a new experience unfold all at once or a little at a time for you?

[this song does not completely apply....but you get the idea : ]

Johnny Nash - I Can See Clearly Now

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It's gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

I think I can make it now, the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is the rainbow I've been prayin' for
It's gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

Look all around, there's nothin' but blue skies
Look straight ahead, nothin' but blue skies

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It's gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

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