START LISTENING

Saturday: 23rd February, 2019

Reference text: Mark 9:2-13

Mark 9:7 And there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

On New year’s day, most of the major cities in the world have a fireworks display to mark entrance into the new year. Often, the process involves a build up right up to the climax where the most spectacular combination of sparks brighten the sky. Simply put, the best is saved for last.

The scene in the garden today, was a reverse of this: with raiment dazzling white and ‘stars’ of the old testament in attendance, God’s voice would have been the icing on the cake. As Jesus stood in the spotlight, I was kind of expecting more flattery but instead, it sounded like an anti-climax because all God said was: ‘This is my beloved son, listen to Him’. That seemed a rather dull ending to all the glitz of today’s events.

However, we know God was unto something here – He was not creating an anti-climax, but pointing us to review the testimonies of those who dared ‘listen to Jesus’. We can draw from the account of the servants at the wedding in Cana, that of Peter and his companions in their fishing boats or Jairus and his daughter- those who listened, experienced the extraordinary; they became witnesses of the miraculous.

Beloved, sometimes, we do not give a lot of weight to listening, we think talking gets us further. Hence, God’s reminder to us ‘listen more’.

Remember # we realise how little we actually know only after we have listened.

#sly

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