We believe God’s spirit is with us, but there are times when we may wish that he would give us one overwhelming sign of his presence. Then we would always be free from worry and sin and filled with joy and peace.
In Luke 9:28-36 (NIV), we read of Jesus’ transfiguration. Jesus took Peter, James, and John onto a mountain. While praying, Jesus’ face changed, and “his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.” There appeared “in glorious spender” Moses and Elijah. A cloud covered them. A voice from the cloud said: “This is my son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.”
That was overwhelming. But it didn’t give the three apostles a carefree future. Peter denied Jesus three times. James and John disputed with the apostles about who was the greatest. These same three apostles accompanied Jesus to the Garden of Gethsemane during his darkest hour. He told them: “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” They went to sleep. An overwhelming sign didn’t work.
We’ve undertaken an up and down journey with Christ and our brothers and sisters. We’ve experienced some glorious moments: our baptism, being filled with the presence and guidance of the Holy Spirit, a miracle like the birth of a child. But like the apostles, we often fail.
Our brothers and sisters must pick us up, remind us of who we are, welcome us back to the journey, and tell us to remember Jesus’ words to his flawed, frightened apostles after his resurrection: “Go make disciples of all nations…And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
We have Father, Son, and Holy Spirit within us. We won’t be perfect, but that’s all we need